Relief of procession of estates from the tomb of Ankhaf

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu to Khafra
2551–2494 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 7510 (Ankhaf), interior chapel


Height: 88.5 cm (34 13/16 in.);Other: 47 x 56.5 x 22.1 cm

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment in finely-detailed, raised relief is separated into two sections (see general scene overview). The lower section depicts a horizontal band of hieroglyphs giving the titles of Ankh-haf. The upper section depicts portions of the feet and legs of three figures facing left. On the lower section are traces of green pigment on the horizontal register band above the hieroglyphs, and areas of yellow on the background surface of the hieroglyphs. On the upper section are traces of reddish-brown on the feet of two of the three figures. This fragment joins with 34.1468f.
Overall 34.1468a-f is a group of six fragments of the finest low relief. They all belong to a very fragmentary scene of a procession of figures from estates bearing offerings. Below this register is a projecting ledge of stone. On the face of this projection is written a wide horizontal band of hieroglyphs giving the name and titles of Ankhaf. There are traces of color.


From Giza, tomb G 7510 Ankhaf, interior chapel. 1925: excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition