Relief of Nekhebu with biographical inscription and Nekhebu spearing fish

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2382 court


Overall: 251 x 89 cm (98 13/16 x 35 1/16 in.) Other: 25.4 x 46.5 x 60.3 cm (10 x 18 5/16 x 23 3/4 in.) Other: 25 x 59.5 x 45.8 cm (9 13/16 x 23 7/16 x 18 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment is decorated on two surfaces. The first surface, executed in fine, sunk relief, forms part of the left edge of the biographical scene. It includes four complete, one partial, and one blank vertical register of inscription. There are traces of ancient pink plaster from restoration.
The adjacent surface of this block forms the top part of the right edge of the fish spearing scene and includes different types of birds, waterfowl, a papyrus umbrel, lotus bud, butterfly, and a dragonfly. Traces of pigments exist, including reddish-brown, gray, tan, green, blue, and black.
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


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: Apr-28-2005)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition