Relief of Rudj

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2360


Other: 60.6 x 64.3 x 21.5 cm (23 7/8 x 25 5/16 x 8 7/16 in.) Other: 60.6 x 21.5 x 64.3 cm (23 7/8 x 8 7/16 x 25 5/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This block is executed in sunk relief. It is decorated on two adjacent surfaces that meet to form an exterior corner. The larger surface includes four horizontal registers of hieroglyphs above four, and part of a fifth, figure facing right. Three men and one woman can be identified on the far right. The woman is identified as his daughter. The upper row of hieroglyphs is an offering formula to Osiris, and below that is a title “overseer of scribes” plus Rudj’s name. The adjacent and narrower face is inscribed in sunk relief and depicts a male figure facing right and holding a scepter in his right hand and a staff in his left. Above him are hieroglyphs saying “…i djet.ef”. This fragment joins 13.4334a on the right side and 13.4334b on the left side. There is a piece missing on the upper left corner of the wider face.

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, G2360. 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.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition