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Fragment of limestone [lintel inscribed for Nishepsesnisut] from niche. Illustration: Yes with hieroglyphs


  • ID
  • Department
    Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Classification
    Architectural elements-Doors, jambs, lintels
  • Findspot
    Mastaba G 4521, [probably chapel of G 4522, mastaba of origin unknown]
  • Material
  • Dimensions
    Width: ca 13.5 cm Length: ca 25 cm Thickness: ca 6.5 cm
  • Credit Line
    Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Object Ownership Information
    MFA accession number: 14.1453
  • Period
    Old Kingdom, Late Dynasty 5 - Early Dynasty 6
  • Date of Register Entry
  • Owner
    Nishepsesnisut (in G 4411)
  • Remarks
    G 4521 not identified on published map; pits G 4522 ABCD = G 4522, pits G 4522 EFGH = G 4521; however, see sketch of area on diary page Vol.08.p.021 where area marked G 4521 was later assigned G 4522, and diary text indicates lintel was found in chapel of this mastaba (formerly G 4521, later G 4522).
  • Problems/Questions
    MFA accession number verified

Tombs and Monuments 2

  • G 4521

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 4522

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Unpublished Documents 2

Full Bibliography

  • Porter, Bertha, and Rosalind L.B. Moss. Topographical Bibliography of Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic Texts, Reliefs, and Paintings 3: Memphis (Abû Rawâsh to Dahshûr). Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1931. 2nd edition. 3: Memphis, Part 1 (Abû Rawâsh to Abûsîr), revised and augmented by Jaromír Málek. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1974, p. 130 (listed under G 4522).

    Reisner, George A. A History of the Giza Necropolis 1. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1942, p. 507.

People 1

Ancient People

  • Nishepsesnisut (in G 4411)

    • Type Owner
    • Remarks Appears on north door jamb of entrance of inner room of chapel (Berlin (East) 1186) in tomb of Sekhemka (owner of G 4411) (bottom register, figure on left, carrying basin and ewer), identified as [jr-ant Hm-kA] manicurist, ka-priest; found in situ in G 4411. Limestone lintel fragment (14-3-21 = MFA 14.1453) inscribed for Nishepsesnisut, identified as [jr-ant] manicurist; found displaced in G 4521, probably G 4522 chapel, mastaba of origin unknown. Based on similarity of title, this Nishepsesnisut seems to be same Nishepsesnisut that appears on north door jamb in G 4411. Lintel suggests he had a tomb of his own, but identification of that tomb not possible based on surviving evidence (G 4522 tentatively assigned to Kap based on fragmentary statue finds). This calls into question identification of Nishepsesnisut, owner of possibly intrusive statue (15-12-46 = MFA 21.352) found in G 4410 serdab, with Nishepsesnisut, who appears on north door jamb in G 4411 and owns inscribed lintel, since if he had a tomb of his own, why was his statue placed in a secondary(?) serdab constructed in G 4410 chapel. Perhaps Nishepsesnisut actually is owner of G 4410 (like Tetu, who also appears in G 4411, is probably same individual as Tetu, owner of G 4420).