Opening of the Mouth cup
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu
Object Place: Egypt, Giza, Menkaure Valley Temple; Findspot: Egypt, Giza
Height x diameter: 4.2 x 4.3 cm (1 5/8 x 1 11/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Out on Loan
On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018
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.
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.
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition