Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu (Cheops)
Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple
Height x diameter: 3 x 2.7 cm (1 3/16 x 1 1/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Ancient Egyptian Large Sculpture (Mycerinus) (Gallery 108)
Fine-grained, dark purple conical cup that is broken and split on one end. There is also a yellow-brown deposit over the end and side. This ritual cup was used in the “opening of the mouth” ceremony performed on the statues of Menkaura in his valley temple.
From Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple. March 2, 1911: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1911: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: March 2, 1911)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition