Relief of Rudj

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, angle between G 2361 - 2362 / X, (left part)


Other: 60.5 x 36 x 15.1 cm (23 13/16 x 14 3/16 x 5 15/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This inscribed block of Rudj is executed in sunk relief. It includes four, horizontal registers of hieroglyphs above one complete and two, partial figures. The complete figure in the center of the three is female and is identified as Rudj’s sister. The partial figure on the right is male, but the gender of the third one (on the left) is unknown. This fragment joins 13.4334c on the right. There is a piece missing on the upper right corner.

Overall 13.4334a-g forms an exterior corner from the tomb of Rudj.
It is composed of three, large fitting fragments:
1.- 3.13.4334a,b,c
and four smaller fragments:
4)13.4334d =35-8-76a
5)13.4334e =35-9-7b
6)13.4334f =35-9-7c
7)13.4334g =35-8-76b

Note that 13.4334e and 13.4334f join 13.4334g (35-8-76b). Also part of this scene are 35-8-75a,b and 35-8-76,c, but these are non-joining fragments. This exterior corner has two faces. On one face, 13.4334a, there are three, standing images of Rudj, facing right. Each figure is separated by a vertical column of text with his name and titles. The adjacent face contains an offering formula to Osiris, Lord of Busiris, with a list of offerings and name and titles of Rudj. Along the bottom of the block facing right are small images of his family members. From right to left are his daughter Meret, four male figures, sons(?), his sister, and other male and female figures whose names are mostly illegible.


From Giza, angle between G2361 - 2362 / X (left part). 1913. Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. Accession date June 27, 2005.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition