Fragment of seated statuette of Menkaura (Mycerinus)

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Menkaura
2490–2472 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple


Height x width x depth: 23 x 16 x 21 cm (9 1/16 x 6 5/16 x 8 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Anorthosite gneiss

Not On View


The Ancient World



Fragment of statuette of black and white gneiss. Depicts seated king Menkaura (Mycerinus), broken at waist; upper part missing. Inscription on front of throne to the side of legs and on the top surface of the base. Edges chipped. Text gives Horus name and cartouche of Menkaura on the right side and “Beloved of Sokar” and epithets of Sokar on the left side.


From Giza, Valley Temple of Menkaura Pyramid Complex. 1911: 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: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition