Relief of right jamb with Nekhebu standing and right facade with procession of ships

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 2382


Other: 21.4 x 22.5 x 11.5 cm (8 7/16 x 8 7/8 x 4 1/2 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



Two fragments are joined together to form one piece. On each fragment, there are two decorated faces, forming a corner. One face has a portion of a steering oar and water, it belongs to the left edge of the scene of procession of ships. There is a large chip missing from the center of this face.
The adjoining face is from the scene of the standing figure of Nekhebu. It is executed in sunk relief. It contains portions of the inscription that run vertically in front of Nekhebu. It includes an incised vertical line and fragments of two hieroglyphs, one hieroglyph is of the right arm of a standing figure facing right holding a staff with a forked bottom.

13.4349 is composed of both the right jamb of the doorway and a section of the right facade. On the jamb executed in sunk relief is a figure of Nekhebu facing right. On the facade in low raised relief is a procession of ships. There are traces of pigment. Reconstructed in 1935. This is the companion piece to 13.4348.


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. 1912-13: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: Apr-28-2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition