Relief of Nekhebu spearing fish

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2382 court

Dimensions

Individual block not accessible to measure. Height x width: 251 x 89 cm (98 13/16 x 35 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.4331.20

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Relief

This fragment of the spear fishing scene depicts the upper body of the tomb owner spearing two large fish int he papyrs thicket. His name, the venerated one Nekhebu is written at the level of his face. In front of him and facing him is a small figure identified by herolyphs as his brother.
Overall 13.4331.1 to .27 refers to two scenes which form a corner. On one face is the biography scene and on the other is the spear fishing scene of Nekhebu. Both scenes share blocks in common and have the same accession number. The biography scene consists of one horizontal and eight vertical columns of inscription above a seated figure of Nekhebu in sunk relief facing left. He holds a long staff in his right hand and a handkerchief in his left. The spear fishing scene consists of Nekhebu spearing fish with his family on a papyrus boat in a papyrus thicket.

Provenance

From Giza, G 2382, court. 1912-13: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1913: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition