Relief of Nekhebu spearing fish
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
Findspot: Giza, Egypt
Height x width: 251 x 89 cm (98 13/16 x 35 1/16 in.) Overall individual block: 39 x 29 x 14 cm (15 3/8 x 11 7/16 x 5 1/2 in.) Decorated individual block: 17 x 22 cm (6 11/16 x 8 11/16 in.)
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This fragment executed in low raised relief depicts portions of three vertical registers of hieroglyphs. The left and right registers each contain one partial hieroglyph; the center register contains three complete hieroglyphs. There are traces of blue pigment on two sides.
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.
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)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition