Magic knife (peseshkef) inscribed for King Khufu

Egyptian
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu (Cheops)
2551–2528 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt (Giza, Menkaure Valley Temple), Notes: Egypt (Giza, Menkaure Valley Temple)

Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 18.3 x 2.8 x 0.4 cm (7 3/16 x 1 1/8 x 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.765

Medium or Technique

Flint

On View

Ancient Egyptian Large Sculpture (Mycerinus) (Gallery 108)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Religious and cult objects

Fine-grained flint wand inscribed with the name of Khufu. Ritual wands were used in the “opening of the mouth” ceremony; this particular object would have been used on the statues of Menkaura in his valley temple.

Provenance

Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple. 1908, excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1911, assigned to the MFA by the Egyptian government.
(Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition