Relief of Nekhebu with biographical inscription and Nekhebu spearing fish

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.) Biographical Inscription: 41 x 22 x 73 cm (16 1/8 x 8 11/16 x 28 3/4 in.) Spearing Fish: 41 x 73 x 22 cm (16 1/8 x 28 3/4 x 8 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

13.4331.15

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Architectural elements, Relief

This fragment includes two scenes on adjacent sides of the block and is executed in fine, sunk relief. On one side is a fragment of the biography of Nekhebu, forming part of the left edge. There are two partial and one blank registers and one complete vertical register. It includes part of the tomb owner’s staff and hieroglyphs. The upper left corner piece is missing.
The other side is a fragment of the fish spearing scene of Nekhebu and depicts birds in a papyrus thicket with fragments of many fish. The front of a boat includes a man on his knees bending forward, a woman in a V-necked dress, and a figure pulling up fishing nets. The adjacent fragment of the fish spearing scene depicts portions of the tall stems of the papyrus plants. An opening in the papyrus thicket shows the tails of two large fish which are speared by Nekhebu and below them are several small fish speared by Nekhebu’s son.
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