Squat shouldered jar with handles

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

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


Height x width: 9.2 x 17.4 cm (3 5/8 x 6 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Anorthosite gneiss

Not On View


The Ancient World



It is a wide jar with very sharp shoulders. The stone is white and gray with substantial black veining. The base is rounded, and the rim is wide and flattened. The mouth is small. Lug handles are modeled on the shoulders. It is broken and mended.


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