Two fragments of a squat shouldered jar

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
2575–2465 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple


Overall (11.1687.1): 5.9 x 14.3 cm (2 5/16 x 5 5/8 in.) Overall (11.1687.2): 4.6 x 13.3 cm (1 13/16 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World



The stone is fine and coarse-grained. It is wavy-lined. There is no ring on top. The base is missing, and the rim is inverted. Only these upper body fragments of the jar remain.


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, Giza
Menkaura Valley Temple, Giza

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition