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Nineteen fragments of [various] limestone reliefs. Illustration: No

Details

  • ID
    HUMFA_13-1-556
  • Department
    Harvard University-Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Classification
    Architectural elements-Relief
  • Findspot
    [G 2382] [(originally thought to be a tomb, but now known to be a jumbled deposit of limestone blocks from other nearby tombs)], [Senedjemib complex] court, [fragments originally from G 2381, G 2370, and G 2386]
  • Material
    Limestone
  • Credit Line
    Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition
  • Object Ownership Information
    MFA 13.4340, 13.4345, 13.4361, 13.5830, 13.5834.2, 13.5934, 13.5935, 13.5938
  • Period
    Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
  • Date of Register Entry
    December 1912 - January 1913
  • Owner
    Merptahankh-meryre Nekhebu (G 2381)
  • Attested
    Hatkau (in G 2381)
    Niunis (in G 2381)
    Sabuptah Ibebi (G 2386/G 2381)
    Senedjemib Inti (G 2370)
    Tjemat (in G 2381)
  • Notes
    On cutout photographs mounted on paper by W.S. Smith (?) and housed with his photo montages, handwritten notes refer to packing list (and other?) information as follows: 13-1-556c (= MFA 13.5997): "Among frags. in cases MFA 76-78." This information is not indicated explicitly on PL582, which includes these case numbers. 13-1-556b (= MFA 13.4361): "Among frags. in cases 38-41, 48-54." This information is not indicated explicitly on PL584 & PL585, which contain these case numbers. 16-1-556m: "Among frags in cases 38-41, 48-54.", "MFA 53P137" (See PL585), "Steel Shelf VII C"
  • Remarks
    Only thirteen of nineteen fragments (13-1-556) have been identified as having (nonsequential) alpha subset designations; five additional fragments have unknown alpha subset designations (not all MFA owned). (a) = MFA 13.4340.1, (b) = MFA 13.4361, (c) = MFA 13.5997, (d) = MFA 13.5934.1, (e) = MFA 13.6009, (f) = MFA 13.5830.11, (g) = MFA 13.5938.4, (h) = MFA 13.5938.5, (i) = MFA 13.5938.1, (j) = MFA 13.5834.2, (l) = MFA 13.5935.3, (m) = MFA 13.5830.17, (o, two fitting fragments) = MFA 13.4345.1 + MFA 13.4345.2; fragments with unknown alpha subset designations = MFA 13.5938.3, MFA 13.4340.3, MFA 13.5830.2, MFA 13.5830.20. MFA 13.4340 (overall): two registers of offering bearers with gazelle and cattle; offering bearer in top register identified as "[mr nb=f] beloved of his lord, Ni-unas"; consists of one block (13-1-556a) and two fragments (one fragment from 13-1-556, one fragment original registration number unknown, assigned 13-1-558g); one additional fragment not MFA owned; relief attributed to G 2381, tomb of Nekhebu. MFA 13.4345: two fitting blocks (13-1-556o) depicting portions of three registers of standing male figures (facing right) separated by vertical panels of inscription naming Sabuptah Ibebi; two related fragments (original registration number unknown, assigned 13-1-558dd) accessioned as MFA 13.5951 and MFA 13.5979; relief attributed to G 2386, chapel of Sabuptah Ibebi. MFA 13.4361: one block (13-1-556b) depicting portions of two registers of offering bearers with donkeys; relief from G 2370, tomb of Senedjemib Inti. MFA 13.5830 (overall): Nekhebu seated in carrying chair on poles supported by at least twelve men, two men carry sun shades and others carry poles supporting canopy over chair, among them are dwarfs with dogs; five registers of figures make up this procession; consists of thirty-six blocks and fragments (one fragment from 13-1-555, four fragments from 13-1-556, one fragment from 13-1-558o, thirty fragments original registration number unknown, assigned 13-1-558o); relief from G 2381, tomb of Nekhebu. MFA 13.5834 (overall): aging Nekhebu kneeling in boat in marshes; consists of two blocks (13-1-553 and 13-1-556j) and two fragments (original registration number unknown, assigned 13-1-558i); relief from G 2381, tomb of Nekhebu. MFA 13.5934 (overall): seated figure of Nekhebu (facing right) and two registers of family members and offering bearers (facing left); in lower register Nekhebu's son ("his son, the sole companion, royal carpenter, Tjemat"), wife ("his wife, whom he loves, Hatkau"), daughter ("his daughter, whom he loves"), and herdsman holding tethering rope; in upper register feet of four other figures; consists of two blocks (one block 13-1-556d, one block original registration number unknown, assigned 13-1-558j); three additional blocks not MFA owned; relief from G 2381, tomb of Nekhebu. MFA 13.5935 (overall): seated figure of Nekhebu (facing left), vertical columns of inscription above; consists of ten fragments (one fragment 13-1-556l, nine fragments original registration number unknown, assigned 13-1-558k); relief from G 2381, tomb of Nekhebu. MFA 13.5938 (overall): two registers of male and female offering bearers (facing left); consists of six fragments (four fragments from 13-1-556, two fragments original registration number unknown, assigned 13-1-558m); three additional fragments not MFA owned; relief attributed to G 2381, tomb of Nekhebu. MFA 13.5997: one fragment (13-1-556c) portions of two registers; upper register: pile of offerings including fowl, and joints of meat; lower register: butchers; relief attributed to G 2385. MFA 13.6009: one fragment (13-1-556e) procession of offering bearers (facing left); possibly related to MFA 13.4346; relief attributed to G 2381, tomb of Nekhebu.
  • Problems/Questions
    MFA accession numbers verified

Tombs and Monuments 4

  • G 2370

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2381

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2382

    • Site Name Western Cemetery
  • G 2386

    • Site Name Western Cemetery

Published Documents 1

Unpublished Documents 15

Full Bibliography

  • MFA 13.4361 published: Brovarski, Edward. The Senedjemib Complex, Part 1: The Mastabas of Senedjemib Inti (G 2370), Khnumenti (G 2374), and Senedjemib Mehi (G 2378). Giza Mastabas 7. Boston: Museum of Fine Arts, 2001, pl. 34.

    MFA 13.4345 published: Brovarski, Edward. "The Senedjemib Complex at Giza: An Interim Report." L'Égyptologie en 1979. Axes prioritaires de recherches, tome II. Colloques Internationaux du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique No. 595. Paris: Éditions du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 1982, p. 118.

Photos 21

People 6

Ancient People

  • Hatkau (in G 2381)

    • Type Attested
    • Remarks Wife ([Hmt=f] his wife) of Merptahankh-meryre Nekhebu (owner of G 2381). Appears in chapel relief in G 2381: 1) scene (13-1-556d + 13-1-558j = MFA 13.5934) depicting seated figure of Nekhebu (facing right) and two registers of family members and offering bearers (facing left), in lower register Nekhebu's son Tjemat, wife Hatkau, and daughter (unnamed); 2) scene (13-1-554 = MFA 13.4349) from section of facade adjoining right door jamb (13-1-551) depicting registers of Nile boats, on one boat in middle register (MFA 13.4349.2) seated figure of Nekhebu faced by his wife Hatkau playing harp, identified as [rxt nswt] royal acquaintance; blocks of relief found displaced in Senedjemib Complex court (G 2382).
  • Merptahankh-meryre Nekhebu (G 2381)

    • Type Owner
    • Remarks Owner of G 2381, buried in sloping-passage shaft G 2382 A. Son of Khnumenti (?) (owner of G 2374). Father of Merptahankh-meryre Ptahshepses Impy, Sabuptah Ibebi, and Tjemat; Nekhebu identified variously as [jmj-r kAt jmj-r kAt nbt nt nswt jmj-r wpwt nswt mnnfr-mrjra ppj jmj-r xntjw-S mnnfr-mrjra ppj jmj-r qdw aA dwAw mtj n sA mDH nswt mDH nswt qdw mDH nswt qdw m prwj Hrj-sStA n wabtj xrp SnDt nbt Xrj-Hb Xrj-Hb Hrj-tp Xrj-tp nswt sm smr watj smsw snwt sHD qdw Sps nswt qdw n aSAt qdw m prwj kAwtj] overseer of works, overseer of all royal works, overseer of royal commissions of the pyramid of Pepi I, overseer of palace attendants of the pyramid of Pepi I, overseer of builders, assistant of (the god) Duau, regulator of a phyle, royal carpenter, royal architect, royal architect in the two houses, secretary of the two wabets, director of every kilt, lector-priest, chief lector-priest, royal chamberlain, sem-priest, sole companion, elder of the snwt-house, inspector of builders, noble of the king, ordinary builder, builder in the two houses, workman. Appears in chapel relief and wall paintings: 1) relief scene (13-3-545 = MFA 13.4335) probably from lintel depicting six standing figures (three facing right, three facing left) of Nekhebu holding staff and scepter with columns of hieroglyphic text between figures identifying Nekhebu with his names, titles, and honorific epithets; 2) painted scene (13-1-546 = MFA 13.4339) of at least three registers depicting Nekhebu striding to right with name and titles in black in front of each figure; 3) autobiographical inscription of Nekhebu (13-1-547 = MFA 13.4331) with eight vertical columns and one horizontal line of text above seated figure of Nekhebu (facing left); 4) autobiographical inscription of Nekhebu (13-1-548 = MFA 13.5969 + Cairo JE 44608) with ten vertical columns and one horizontal line of text above seated figure of Nekhebu (facing right); 5) relief scene (13-1-549 = MFA 13.4331 + possibly one fragment from 13-1-558a = MFA 13.5975) from wall adjoining autobiographical inscription (13-1-547) depicting Nekhebu spear fishing in marsh; 6) relief scene (13-1-550 = MFA 13.4351) depicting figure of Nekhebu (facing right, only top of head preserved) with five vertical columns of inscription (above) and offering list (in front); 7) two door jambs (13-1-551: left jamb = MFA 13.4348; right jamb = MFA 13.4349) depicting standing figures of Nekhebu with accompanying inscription; 8) relief scene (13-1-553 + 13-1-556j + 13-1-558i = MFA 13.5834) depicting aging Nekhebu kneeling in boat in marsh; 9) relief scene (13-1-554 = MFA 13.4349) from section of facade adjoining right door jamb (13-1-551) depicting registers of Nile boats, on one boat in middle register (MFA 13.4349.2) seated figure of Nekhebu faced by his wife Hatkau playing harp; 10) relief scene (13-1-555 = MFA 13.4346 + possibly 13-1-558d = MFA 13.5974) depicting seated figure of Nekhebu (facing right) and three registers of offering bearers (facing left) leading cattle and gazelle; 11) relief scene (13-1-555 + 13-1-556 + 13-1-558o = MFA 13.5830) depicting Nekhebu seated in carrying chair; 12) relief scene (13-1-556d + 13-1-558j = MFA 13.5934) depicting seated figure of Nekhebu (facing right) and two registers of family members and offering bearers (facing left); 13) relief scene (13-1-556l + 13-1-558k = MFA 13.5935) depicting seated figure of Nekhebu (facing left) with vertical columns of inscription above; 14) relief scene (13-1-558l = MFA 13.5936) depicting seated figure of Nekhebu (facing right) with vertical columns of inscription above (original position to left of section of facade with ceremonial dancers and offering bearers MFA 13.4348). Chapel almost completely destroyed with most blocks and fragments of relief and inscription found scattered in Senedjemib Complex court (G 2382). Fragmentary limestone seated statue (12-12-14 + 12-12-22 = MFA 13.3161a-b) inscribed for Nekhebu, identified as [smr watj mDH qd nswt m prwj] sole companion, royal architect in the two houses; fragments found scattered in Senedjemib Complex court (G 2382). Fragmentary limestone seated statue (12-11-26) inscribed for Nekhebu, identified as [smr watj mDH qd nswt m prwj] sole companion, royal architect in the two houses; fragments found scattered in G 2370 and Senedjemib Complex court (G 2382). Fragment of limestone seated statue (12-12-595 = MFA 13.3159) inscribed for Nekhebu, identified as [smr watj mDH qd nswt m prwj] sole companion, royal architect in the two houses; found in debris west of G 2381 A. Fragmentary incomplete limestone seated statue (12-11-58 + 12-12-176a = MFA 13.3149a-c), preserved fragments uninscribed, attributed to Nekhebu; fragments found scattered in G 2381. Fragment of limestone seated statue (12-12-9 = MFA 13.3156), preserved fragment uninscribed, attributed to Nekhebu; found in Senedjemib Complex court (G 2382). Fragment of limestone seated statue (12-12-16 = MFA 13.3154), preserved fragment uninscribed, attributed to Nekhebu; found in G 2381. Limestone obelisk (12-12-23 = MFA 13.4353 deaccessioned = Memphis 1981.1.5) inscribed for Nekhebu, identified as [jmj-r kAt nbt nt nswt smr watj] overseer of all royal works, sole companion; found in Senedjemib Complex court (G 2382). Fragments of diorite offering table (12-12-20 = MFA 13.3143a-b) inscribed for Nekhebu; found in Senedjemib Complex court (G 2382).
  • Niunis (in G 2381)

    • Type Attested
    • Remarks Appears in chapel relief in tomb of Merptahankh-meryre Nekhebu (owner of G 2381), depicted as offering bearer leading gazelle on block of relief (13-1-556a = MFA 13.4340.2), identified as [smsw pr...] elder of the house...; block of relief found displaced in Senedjemib Complex court (G 2382).
  • Sabuptah Ibebi (G 2386/G 2381)

    • Type Attested
    • Remarks Possible owner of one of two stone built chapels G 2386a or G 2386b, probably buried in sloping-passage shaft G 2381 C. Sabuptah, [rn=f nfr] his good name Ibebi. Son ([sA=f] his son) of Merptahankh-meryre Nekhebu (owner of G 2381); brother of Merptahankh-meryre Ptahshepses Impy and Tjemat. Appears in chapel relief possibly from G 2386: two blocks of relief (13-1-556o = MFA 13.4345) depicting portions of three registers of standing male figures (facing right) separated by vertical panels of inscription naming Sabuptah Ibebi, identified as [jmj-r sS prwj sm xrp SnDt nbt smr watj Xrj-Hb xtmw bjtj HAtj-a jmj-r njwt...] overseer of the fowling pond of the two houses, sem-priest, director of every kilt, sole companion, lector-priest, sealer of the king of Lower Egypt, count, overseer of the pyramid town of...; two related fragments (13-1-558dd = MFA 13.5951, MFA 13.5979) depicting portions of male figures wearing long kilts; blocks of relief found displaced in Senedjemib Complex court (G 2382). Also appears in chapel relief in G 2381: scene (13-1-549 = MFA 13.4331) from wall adjoining autobiographical inscription (13-1-547) depicting Nekhebu spear fishing, standing male figure of Sabuptah Ibebi (facing right, on two blocks MFA 13.4331.21 + MFA 13.4331.22) behind figure of Nekhebu, identified as [Xrj-Hb sS pr-mDAT nTr] lector-priest, scribe of the library of the god; blocks of relief found displaced in Senedjemib Complex court (G 2382). Alabaster headrest (12-12-581 = MFA 13.2925) inscribed for Sabuptah Ibebi, identified as [smr watj Xrj-tp nswt mDH nswt qdw m prwj] sole companion, royal chamberlain, royal architect in the two houses; found in burial of Impy in G 2381 A. Wood coffin (12-12-575 = MFA 13.3085) mainly inscribed for Impy, but with short inscription of Ibebi, identified as [smr watj Xrj-Hb mDH nswt qdw m prwj] sole companion, lector-priest, royal architect in the two houses; found in situ in G 2381 A.
  • Senedjemib Inti (G 2370)

    • Type Attested
    • Remarks Owner of G 2370. Senedjemib, [rn=f nfr] his good name Inti. Father of Senedjemib Mehi (owner of G 2378) and Khnumenti (owner of G 2374). Appears in chapel relief (throughout chapel), architectural elements (including portico facade, door jambs and displaced portico architrave) and false door inscribed for Senedjemib Inti, identified as [xrp sSw nbw Xrj-tp nswt jmj-r Snwtj jmj-r pr-aHAw mDH qd nswt m prwj jmj-r prwj-HD jmj-r jswj Xkr nswt jmj-r st nbt nt Xnw jmj-r prw msw nswt jmj-r Xkr nswt jmj-r Hwt-wrt sjsw jmj-r sDmt nbt jrj-pat HAtj-a tAjtj sAb TAtj jmj-r kAt nbt nt nswt jmj-r sSw a nswt Hrj-sStA wDt-mdw nbt nt nswt Hrj-Xb smr watj] controller of all scribes, royal chamberlain, overseer of the two granaries, overseer of the armory, royal architect in the two houses, overseer of the two treasuries, overseer of the two chambers of royal regalia, overseer of every department of the Residence, overseer of the houses of the royal children, overseer of royal regalia, overseer of the six great law-courts, overseer of all that is judged, hereditary prince, count, chief justice and vizier, overseer of all royal works, overseer of royal document scribes, secretary of every royal decree, lector-priest, sole companion; in situ in G 2370. Limestone sarcophagus inscribed for Senedjemib Inti, identified as [HAtj-a mAa jntj tAjtj sAb TAtj snDmjb Xrj-tp nswt jntj] true count Inti, chief justice and vizier Senedjemib, royal chamberlain Inti; in situ in burial chamber of G 2370 B. Possibly same individual as owner of Lepsius 10 (in Khafre Quarry). Similar titles found on entrance lintel of Lepsius 10, inscribed for Senedjemib Inti. Probably same individual whose name appears on fragmentary limestone architrave (35-9-17 = MFA 35.2033) inscribed for Tjetu; found displaced in G 2338 B (possibly originally from G 2343 = G 5511).
  • Tjemat (in G 2381)

    • Type Attested
    • Remarks Son ([sA=f] his son) of Merptahankh-meryre Nekhebu (owner of G 2381); brother of Merptahankh-meryre Ptahshepses Impy and Sabuptah Ibebi. Appears in chapel relief in G 2381: 1) scene (13-1-556d + 13-1-558j = MFA 13.5934) depicting seated figure of Nekhebu (facing right) and two registers of family members and offering bearers (facing left), in lower register Nekhebu's son Tjemat, wife Hatkau, and daughter (unnamed); Tjemat identified as [smr watj mDH nswt] sole companion, royal carpenter; 2) scene (13-1-549 = MFA 13.4331) from wall adjoining autobiographical inscription (13-1-547) depicting Nekhebu spear fishing, standing male figure of Tjemat (facing right, also spear fishing, only partly preserved on one fragment and one block MFA 13.4331.24 + MFA 13.4331.15) in front of Nekhebu, identified as [smr watj mDH nswt] sole companion, royal carpenter; blocks of relief found displaced in Senedjemib Complex court (G 2382).