Globular shoulder jar with handle

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
2575–2465 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple


Height x width: 13.3 x 12.4 cm (5 1/4 x 4 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World



The stone is fine and coarse-grained. It is wavy-lined. A handle is worked on the shoulder. The base is flat, and the rim is plain and inverted. There is a small fragment separate from the jar. It is broken and mended. Fragments are missing.


From Egypt, Menkaura (Mycerinus) 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 (Menkaura) Valley Temple, Giza
Menkaura Valley Temple, Giza

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition