Relief of Nekhebu with offering lists

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2382 and originally from G 2381


Overall: 46 x 81.8 x 19 cm (18 1/8 x 32 3/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment in sunk relief depicts at least 18 narrow columns of small scale hieroglyphs reading from left to right of offering lists.They are incised, and some portions of the signs are in sunk relief.The large central area appears to have been gouged out and the lists are missing from this area.In the lower right corner there is one complete and one fragmentary male figure kneeling on one knee with their right fist on thier chest and their left hand upraised.They are identified as ‘khery khebet’ priests.There is a horizontal register of hieroglyphs at the bottom of the vertical columns, these hieroglyphs are slightly larger in scale then those in the vertical columns.This row of signs reading from left to right consists of the standard offerings, of bread, beer, oxen, fowl, alabaster, linen.There are no traces of pigment.This block joins 13.4351.4

This scene consists of four blocks in which only the top of the head of Nekhebu is visible, above his head are his names and titles and in front of him and above to the right are at least 18 narrow vertical colulmns of hieroglyphs with extensive lists of offerings.On the top of the offerings is a decorative frieze of large scale ‘kheker’ signs. The largest block, 13.4351.2, with extensive columns of offerings has been badly damaged and the entire central portion is missing.


From Giza, tomb 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.
(Accession date: April 28, 2005)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition