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Relief from the tomb of Nekhebu; architrave over doorway and facades

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This fragment in sunk relief depicts a partial hieroglyph of a quail chick, the back of the body and portions of both legs. There are traces of blue pigment on the chick's body and traces of red pigment on the chick's leg. The background is black faded to dark gray. It joins 13.5831.16. This...

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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

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, 2323–2291 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Other: 24 x 8.2 x 20.1 cm (9 7/16 x 3 1/4 x 7 15/16 in.) Overall Height: 33.5 cm (13 3/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Architectural elements, Relief