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Ancient Art

Drum lintel of Niwety

2494–2181 B.C.


23.5 × 64.2 cm (9 1/4 × 25 1/4 in.)
other (Height of Reed Leaf): 12.2 cm(4 13/16 in.)
Anonymous gift
Not on view
Egyptian, Giza
Dynasties 5–6

From Giza, Mastaba no. G4611 of Reisner,
No. 50 of Lepsius
Purchased by Ludlow Bull from Andre Bircher, Cairo, 1920.


Richard Lepsius, Denkmäler aus Aegypten und Aethiopien, 2 (Berlin: Nicoli, 1913), 73, pl. 50, fig. 89a.

Henry G. Fischer, “Old Kingdom Inscriptions in the Yale Gallery,” Mitteilunged des Instituts für Orientforschung 7, no. 3 (1960): 299–315, pl. 3B, ill.

Bertha Porter and Rosalind L.B. Moss, “Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglypic Texts, Reliefs, and Paintings,” Topographical Bibliography 3, no. 1 (1974): 133, pl. L.26 (1).

Gerry D. Scott, III, Ancient Egyptian Art at Yale, 1st (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1986), 47, no. 21, ill.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.