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: 48.6 x 39.5 x 56.2 cm (19 1/8 x 15 9/16 x 22 1/8 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment in slightly raised relief has decoration in two registers. The top part depicts a row of ‘kheker’ signs. Below them is a raised band forming a horizontal border of alternating squares which separates the upper and lower sections. The lower portion depicts nine narrow vertical columns of offering lists in small scale hieroglyphs reading from left to right. The signs are incised, and some portions of the signs are executed in sunk relief. There are no traces of pigment. This joins 13.4351.2.

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