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Fragment from wall of a mastaba chapel. Still has much paint visible. Male figures red and females are yellow. Hair is black as are hieroglyphs. Relief of butchers and offering bearers. Slaughter of an ox; leading in a gazelle; force feeding a goose; women bringing offerings.


From Saqqara, around Teti Pyramid. 1921-1922: excavated by the Egyptian Antiquities Service; 1924: purchased by the MFA from the Egyptian Antiquities Service.

Credit Line

Purchased from the Service des Antiquités de l'Égypte

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, late Dynasty 6 or later, 2323–2150 B.C.

Object Place

Giza, Egypt


Mount (Walnut base): 9.5 x 43.2 x 16.5 cm, 40.82 kg (3 3/4 x 17 x 6 1/2 in., 90 lb.) Overall (Object is mounted onto a Walnut base with 3/16" steel plate.): 45.1 x 39.5 x 14 cm (17 3/4 x 15 9/16 x 5 1/2 in.) Mount (Steel plate): 0.5 x 43.2 x 21.6 cm (3/16 x 17 x 8 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Painted limestone


The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief