Relief of Nekhebu on facade seated facing procession of ships

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 9 x 9.5 x 1.8 cm (3 9/16 x 3 3/4 x 11/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment, executed in low raised relief, depicts two partial hieroglyphs, consisting of the tail of the Egyptian vulture and a corner of the ‘men’ sign. Between the two hieroglyphs is the 0.7 cm vertical borderline separating the two columns of text. There are traces of red pigment on the ‘men’ sign and traces of dark gray in the background.


From Giza. Found on shelves marked "G2381/G 2382 Nekhebu." From tomb of Nekhebu G 2382 [(originally thought to be a tomb, but now known to be a jumbled deposit of limestone blocks from other nearby tombs)], court, originally from G 2381. Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition