Opening of the Mouth cup

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


Object Place: Egypt, Giza, Menkaure Valley Temple; Findspot: Egypt, Giza

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 4.2 x 4.3 cm (1 5/8 x 1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

11.770

Medium or Technique

Quartz crystal

Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Religious and cult objects

Cracked conical cup with a small nick out of the upper rim and spots of yellow-brown on the side and base. This ritual cup was used in the “opening of the mouth” ceremony performed on the statues of Menkaura in his valley temple.

Provenance

From Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1911: assigned to the MFA by the Egyptian government.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition