Ovoid jar with lug handles and footed base

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
2575–2465 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple, B. 13


Height x width: 16.4 x 6.4 cm (6 7/16 x 2 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



The stone is brownish-black and fine-grained. The base is flat and footed, and the rim is flattened and everted. Handles are modeled on the sides. It is broken into two large fragments. One fragment includes the upper body and the rim, and the other fragment includes the lower body and the base. It is broken and mended. Fragments are missing.


From Egypt, Menkaura (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 (Menkaura) Valley Temple, B. 13, Giza
Menkaura Valley Temple, Giza

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition