Lower part of seated statue of King Menkaura (Mycerinus)

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

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Valley Temple of Menkaura


Overall ((A) Lower half of figure and seated throne): 110.5 x 53.3 x 124.5 cm, 793.79 kg (43 1/2 x 21 x 49 in., 1750 lb.) Block ((B) feet and front part base): 28.6 x 52.1 x 33.7 cm (11 1/4 x 20 1/2 x 13 1/4 in.) Mount (Steel pallet with a two layers of 3/8 low /1/2 high density pads): 15.2 x 69.9 x 113 cm (6 x 27 1/2 x 44 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

On View

George D. and Margo Behrakis Gallery (Gallery 207)


The Ancient World



Throne with upper part of the seated figure missing from waist up; base broken; finely cut hieroglyphs on throne showing two falcons on the upper portion and two kneeling figures grasping a “sema” on the lower portion of the both the right and left side surfaces of thrown; rear surface of thrown showing large “sema”; front surface of throne inscribed.


From Giza, Valley temple of Menkaura. Excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1909: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: May 17, 1909)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition