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Limestone panel showing Hemu [owner of G 8492] and his wife Nubhetep. Photograph: yes.


  • ID
  • Department
    Egyptian Museum, Cairo
  • Classification
    Architectural elements-Relief
  • Findspot
    G 8472, in front of doorway of chapel
  • Material
  • Dimensions
    65 x 49 cm
  • Credit Line
    Egyptian Museum, Cairo
  • Period
    Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
  • Attested
    Hemu (G 8492)
    Nubhetep (in G 8492)
  • Excavator
    Selim Hassan (Bey), Egyptian, 1886–1961
  • Object owned by
    Egyptian Museum, Cairo
  • Notes
    From excavations of Selim Hassan.
  • Remarks
    RELATED CONSTITUENT(S): Selim Hassan; Hemu (G 8492); Nubhetep (in G 8492); RELATED SITE(S): G 8472; RELATED MEDIA: EMC_TR_IX_Sp158LR

Tombs and Monuments 2

  • G 8472

    • Site Name Central Field (Hassan)
  • G 8492

    • Site Name Central Field (Hassan)

Full Bibliography

  • Hassan, Giza 6 part 3, p. 110

People 3

Ancient People

  • Hemu (G 8492)

    • Type Attested
    • Remarks Owner of G 8492. Appears multiple times in tomb decoration (drum lintel, architrave, door jambs, northern false door, chapel west wall), identified variously as [rx nswt wab nswt sHD pr-aA smr pr Hrj-sStA Hm-nTr Nj-wsr-ra Hm-nTr ra m Axt-ra Hm-nTr Sspw-jb-ra sHD pr jrj mrHt] royal acquaintance, royal wab-priest, inspector of the Great House, companion of the house, secretary, priest of Niuserre, priest of Re in the sun-temple of Menkauhor, priest of Re in the sun-temple of Niuserre, inspector of the house, keeper of oils; in situ in G 8492. Appears south of southern false door on west wall of chapel, and on left outer door thickness, identified as [sAb sS] juridicial scribe; both in situ in G 8472. Also appears with his wife Nubhetep on limestone panel (EMC_TR_19.6.46.7); found displaced in front of doorway of chapel in G 8472. Fragments of a false door inscribed for Hemu were found displaced near the northern end of the western wall of the passage between G 8472 and G 8492.
  • Nubhetep (in G 8492)

    • Type Attested
    • Remarks Wife [Hmt=f] of Hemu (G 8492). Appears with her husband on limestone panel (EMC_TR_19.6.46.7), identified as [rxt nswt Hm-nTr HwtHr] royal acquaintance, priestess of Hathor; found displaced in front of doorway of chapel in G 8472.

Modern People

  • Selim Hassan (Bey)

    • Type Excavator
    • Nationality & Dates Egyptian, 1886–1961
    • Remarks Egyptologist; Sub Director General. Nationality and life dates from Who was Who in Egyptology. (1886-1961) Egyptian Egyptologist; born Mit-Nagi, 15 April 1886, he studied at the Higher Teacher's College, Cairo under Kamal (q.v.); in 1912 he became a teacher and in 1921 obtained a post in the Egyptian Museum as assistant keeper; he studied in Paris 1923-7 at the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes; he was the first Egyptian to be appointed as a Professor of Egyptology in the Universitv of Cairo, 1928 - 36; he was later made Deputy Director of the Egyptian Antiquities Service responsible for the care of all monuments in the Nile valley, 1936-39; Ph.D. Vienna University, 1935; stimulated by the archaeological work of P. E. Newberry (q.v.) and Junker (q.v.)he began an active career in excavations with the clearance of some of the Giza mastabas in 1929; the excavations carried on by him in this necropolis continued until 1939 by which time a great deal of digging had been achieved, published in 10 parts; he also cleared the Sphinx and its temple, for the first time completely digging out the great amphitheatre around it and ensuring that it would not be buried by send again so easily; he wrote a study on this work and on the temple of Amenhotep II here; in addition the so-called Fourth Pyramid or the palace-façade tomb of Queen Khent-kawes of the Fourth Dynasty was investigated and also the funerary town of the priests associated with it; he later worked on the Unas causeway at Saqqara and at the valley temple of this king, discovering some of the mastabas in this area and two great subterranean tombs dated to the Second Dynasty; his final excavations at Giza were carried out on the east and south faces of the Great Pyramid and at the mortuary temple of King Khufu, 1938-9; he also took part in the campaign to save the monments of Nubia, and wrote a report on this subject; he published about 53 books and articles on Egyptological subjects in English, French, and Arabic, Hymnes religieux du Moyen Empire, 1928; Le Poème dit de Pentaour et Le rapport officiel sur la bataiILe de Qadesh , 1929; Excavations at Giza, 10 pts., 1929-60; The Sphinx. Its History in the Light of recent Excavations, 1949; Report on the Monunents of Nubia,1955Excavations at Saqqara 1937-8, 3 vols., 1975; in Arabic Literature of Ancient Egpt, 2 vols.; Ancient Egypt from Prehistoric Times to the Age of Rameses 11, 6 vols.; he died in Giza, 30 Sept. 1961. AfO 20 (1963), 310 (H. Brunner); Archaeology 14, no, 4 (1961, 293; ASAE 58 (1964), 61- 84 (bibl.) (Dia Abou-Ghazi); Orientalia 31 (1962), 271; Goettinger Miszellen 76 (1984), 78-80; Reid, JAOS 105 (1985), 237, 241-44.

Institutions 1