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: 19.5 x 49 x 22.5 cm (7 11/16 x 19 5/16 x 8 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment in low, raised relief includes the lower register of the scene and depicts portions of three naked men facing right and seated on the ground. They are pulling the rope attached to the bird trap. The left figure is missing all but his legs and arms, the central figure is complete minus the top of his head, and the right figure is missing the feet and top of his head. The surface is worn.


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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition