Relief scene of aging Nekhebu in boat in the marshes

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2291 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2381/2382


Overall: 41.5 x 67.3 x 25.5 cm (16 5/16 x 26 1/2 x 10 1/16 in.)

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Not On View


The Ancient World



This fragment executed in low, raised relief includes portions of two horizontal registers. The top register includes a boat of bundled papyrus with the lower half of two men in it. A striding male figure, facing left carrying three jars in front of him. Behind him are the lower legs of another male figure bending on one knee poling the boat. To the left of this boat is a vertical column of three partial hieroglyphs borderd by vertical register lines. To the left of the hieroglyphs is the left hand of the seated Nekhebu holding a short staff.
The bottom register includes the upper half of a male figure, facing right, poling a boat that appears on the adjoining block below. A nude male, with kilt tied up(?), faces him. He holds a lotus blossom in his right hand and a duck in his left hand. The prow of the boat they are in is shown between the two figures.
The entire block appears dark gray in color, and much of it is covered with patches of black pigment that is chipping off. There are areas of reddish-brown pigment on the body and also on the three reed leafs of the hieroglyphs. The pigment of the boat has faded to a tannish color.
This fragment joins 13.5834.1 and 13.5834.4.
Overall this is a scene of the aging Nekhebu kneeling in a boat in the marshes.


From Giza. Found on shelves marked "G2381/G 2382 Nekhebu." From tomb of Nekhebu G 2382 [(originally thought to be a tomb, but now known to be a jumbled deposit of limestone blocks from other nearby tombs)], court, originally from G 2381. Excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession date: April 28, 2005)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition