Relief of Nekhebu with biographical inscription and Nekhebu spearing fish

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2382 court


Individual block not accessible to measure. Height x width: 251 x 89 cm (98 13/16 x 35 1/16 in.)

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The Ancient World



This fragment, executed in fine, sunk relief, includes two scenes on adjacent sides of the block. One side is a fragment of the biography of Nekhebu with one incomplete vertical register of hieroglyphs, the bottom part of the tomb owner’s staff, and his lower legs and feet. (This cannot be verified because the block is inaccessible). The other side is a fragment of the spear fishing scene of Nekhebu. There is a small boat at the bottom of the thicket from which a man reaches under water pulling up a fishing net. He holds a fish in each hand and there is another fish swimming. (This, also, cannot be verified because it is 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.


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