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)


Height: 88.5 cm (34 13/16 in.);40 x 59.5 x 26 cm

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The Ancient World



This fragment of finely-detailed, raised relief depicts the torso and head of a male figure facing left with a basket on his head braced by his raised, right arm. To the right and left of the torso of the figure are partial hieroglyphs. Above the figure is a partial register containing a foot of a figure facing left. There are traces of reddish-brown pigment on the figure’s right arm, the basket, and areas of the surrounding background surface.
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