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: 39 x 82 x 17 cm (15 3/8 x 32 5/16 x 6 11/16 in.)

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Not On View


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 bottom portion of the boating scene and includes the lower legs and feet of the striding, poling figure from the adjoining .2 fragment, facing right. Behind him is the left forearm of another figure holding something (?) that is attached to the platform under the foot of a figure behind him. Beneath the boat of bundled papyrus is a marsh scene with alternating papyrus and lotus flowers and rhizomes. There is reddish pigment on the body parts, tan on the boat, and blackish pigment on the marsh section below. The entire block appears dark gray, as in 13.5834.2. This fragment joins 13.5834.2.


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