Tall shoulder jar

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
2575–2465 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple


Height x diameter: 20.9 x 14 cm (8 1/4 x 5 1/2 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 with horizontal bands of white. The base is flat. It was drilled with a borer. A handle is worked on the shoulder. It is broken into one large jar fragment and five small fragments. 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