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Fragment of a Tomb Relief
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Fragment of a Tomb Relief


Description Conservation Provenance Inscription Credit
Description This block, carved in low raised relief, depicts the upper portion of a male figure facing right. The royal scribe Nahu, brother of King Tutankhamen's treasurer Maya, is depicted wearing the elaborate court attire of the late New Kingdom. He wears a short coiffure of small braids that cover the ears, a pleated loincloth, a thin, pleated vest with short sleeves, and a double necklace, probably the esteemed Gold of Honor. In his raised right hand he holds a water jug, while in the left, which is stretched downwards, he holds an incense burner. The inscription, carved in sunk relief on a raised area in front of the man's face, identifies him as Nahu-(her), the brother of Maya, whose tomb at Saqqara this relief originally came from. This relief shows him making an offering in honor of his brother. The surface of this piece is damaged, with chips, some chisel marks, and cracks in the surface. In some areas of the limestone, the matrix with chips looks very granular, yellowish-brown in color and resembling sandstone, though overall the surface is grayish in color. The libation vessel in his right hand is still nearly complete, but only about half of the incense burner he holds in his left hand is preserved on the slab. A correction was made to the incense burner held in the right hand during ancient times. There are traces of blue and other colors of pigments on the piece.
Conservation
Date Description Narrative
4/26/1974Treatmentother
10/06/1976Treatmentloss compensation
8/17/1998Examinationsurvey
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris, [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1922, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Translation] His brother, the royal scribe, the overseer of the house, Nahu-(Her), justified.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1922

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Period
ca. 1330-1300 BCE (New Kingdom)
Medium
limestone
(Sculpture)
Accession Number
22.86
Measurements
21 7/8 x 13 in. (55.5 x 33 cm)
Geography
  • Egypt, Saqqara (Place of Discovery)

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