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Relief fragment from the tomb of Mehu

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This left half of the architrave shows the tomb owner seated with his staff in his left hand and a cloth in his right, facing 3 horizontal rows of finely incised hieroglyphs. The text is an offering formula to Anubis, for a good burial and long old age for the prophet and overseer of secrets, Mehu.

Provenance

From Giza, G 2423 U intrusive pit, Tomb of Mehu. 1937: Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, late Dynasty 5, 2431–2323 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 46 x 82.7 x 16 cm (18 1/8 x 32 9/16 x 6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

37-1-22.1

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief