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Menkaura royal sculpture fragment

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

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple


Overall: 11.8 x 30.3 x 8.7 cm (4 5/8 x 11 15/16 x 3 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Fragment from colossal statue of first 3.5 toes of right foot and fragments of first 3 toes of left foot with finely incised toenails. The section containing the left foot toes is broken off but glued back into place on larger fragment. The fragment has a smooth and polished surface perpendicular to the surface level of the toes with a slight curve, part of base.


From Giza. Menkaura Valley Temple. Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition