Relief of Mehu from a scene of spearing fish

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

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


Overall: 52 x 45 x 19 cm (20 1/2 x 17 11/16 x 7 1/2 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment, decorated in raised relief has most of the decorated surface chiseled out. The bottom left corner has a portion of a leg preserved running diagonally across the corner. The leg has traces of red pigment. The chiseled out portion appears to have been a figure holding something vertically and two lines of text.

Overall this scene is composed of 10 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.


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