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.); Other: 45 x 33 x 23.1 cm

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The Ancient World



This fragment of finely-detailed, raised relief includes two horizontal, partial registers. The bottom section depicts two figures facing left with baskets on their heads braced by their raised, right arms. In between the two figures are hieroglyphs giving the name of Ankh-haf. The upper section depicts the lower legs and feet of a figure, facing left, and a city sign in the space in front of them. This fragment joins 34.1468e.
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. 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