Relief scene the tomb of Nekhebu; manufacturing boats and trapping birds

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 36 x 24 x 12 cm (14 3/16 x 9 7/16 x 4 3/4 in.) Other (greatest height): 44 cm (17 5/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment in low, raised relief depicts one naked male figure facing right from the neck down tying together bundles of papyrus, and the front half of a second, male figure, facing left. There are three hieroglyphs above the figures, and also a portion of the lower register that includes parts of marsh plants. It joins 13.5833.3 and .6.


From Giza. Found on shelves marked "G2381/G 2382 Nekhebu." From tomb of Nekhebu G 2382 [(originally thought to be a tomb, but now known to be a jumbled deposit of limestone blocks from other nearby tombs)], court, originally from G 2381. 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