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: 45 x 47.5 x 19 cm (17 11/16 x 18 11/16 x 7 1/2 in.) Other: 44 x 17 x 47.5 cm (17 5/16 x 6 11/16 x 18 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment, executed in fine, sunk relief, includes both the biography and fish spearing scenes. It forms part of the left edge of the biographical inscription and includes three complete, one incomplete, and one blank register of inscription. It also includes the upper part of Nekhebu’s staff.
The other surface forms part of the right edge of the fish spearing scene and includes vertical stems of the papyrus thicket. There are traces of brownish pigment and a thin plaster coating that is disintegrating.
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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition