Relief of tomb owner seated at offering table

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2461


Overall: 39.7 x 45.5 x 20 cm (15 5/8 x 17 15/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment in raised relief depicts the feet of the tomb owner and the pedestal base of the offering table. On the left side of the pedestal is a list of eight items with the symbol for a thousand by each (bread, beer, oxen, fowl etc). On the right side of the pedestal are offeringsm including two large filled basins and two long beaked birds draped over a rectangular stand(?). Beneath the tomb owner’s feet is the top of the next register showing two men carrying another joint of meat with joints of meat over their heads. There is also a horizontal line of hieroglyphs. This fragment joins 13.5993.2 and 13.5993.3.


From Giza, G2461. 1912: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: April 28, 2005)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition