Fragments of a tall ovoid jar

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

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


Height x width: 16 x 11.5 cm (6 5/16 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Two fragments of a tall, thick-rimmed ovoid jar of coarse-grained alabaster with wavy-lined vein patterning. The base is flat, and the rim is rolled and everted. It is broken into two fragments. It is broken and mended. Approximately half of the vessel is broken away and missing.


From Giza, Menkaura (Mycerinus) Valley Temple. 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.
(Accession date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition