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: 29.5 x 41 x 20 cm (11 5/8 x 16 1/8 x 7 7/8 in.)

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The Ancient World



This is a fragment of the scene of the aging Nekhebu kneeling in a boat in the marshes. It is executed in low, raised relief and depicts the bent right arm, chest from necklace to waist, with belt, and bent, upper left arm of the aging Nekhebu resting on the back of his chair. He holds a staff or pole in his right hand. The bent, left arm of another male figure is behind Nekhebu. His right hand holds a pole, and there are traces of black pigment on the block.


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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition