Fragmentary shoulder jar

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
2575–2465 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura (Mycerinus) Valley Temple


Height x width: 15.4 x 13.3 cm (6 1/16 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World



The stone is fine-grained and wavy-lined. It is red-veined with horizontal bands of white. The base is flat, and the rim is flattened and everted. The rim is modeled. A handle is modeled on the remaining shoulder. It is in four fragments. It is broken and mended. Fragments are missing.


From Egypt, Menkaura Valley Temple, Giza. 1911: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Findspot Information: Menkaura (Mycerinus) Valley Temple, Giza

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition