Relief of Mehu from a scene of spearing fish

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


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Western Cemetery, tomb of Mehu G 2423, pit X

Dimensions

Overall: 39 x 43.5 x 7 cm (15 3/8 x 17 1/8 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

39.833.8

Medium or Technique

Painted limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Relief

This fragment of a “menu list” of offerings is decorated in raised relief. Three complete and two partial horizontal registers of text are preserved. Each register is divided vertically into three sections. The lower three registers join the three registers of 39.833.7. The registers take up the left three-quarters of the block, the right quarter of the block is negative space with a hand in raised relief in the upper right corner. The hand has traces of red pigment and has the thumb and forefinger joined in a circle and the other three fingers held up vertically.

Overall this scene is composed of ten fragments which form a fragmentary scene of Mehu standing facing right with right arm upraised holding a spear. Fragments of his left striding leg are visible in 39.833.10. The paint is well preserved on the head and torso fragment, 39.833.1,only. Behind Mehu are five, or more, horizontal registers of text.

Provenance

From Giza, tomb of Mehu G 2423, corridor chapel; re-used as roofing of pit X in chapel floor. 1937: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1939: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Reused in building the intrusive chambers of G 2423X and G.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition