Relief of Nekhebu with biographical inscription

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


Findspot: Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 251 x 89 cm (98 13/16 x 35 1/16 in.) Other: 44 x 48 x 23 cm (17 5/16 x 18 7/8 x 9 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.4331.14

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief

This fragment, executed in fine, sunk relief, is part of the right edge. There are a right edge borderline and four complete and a fifth incomplete vertical registers of hieroglyphs. Only the head of the tomb owner with finely-cut curls of the wig is depicted. There are fills in pink plaster from ancient restoration. The other surfaces are inaccessible.
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