Upper body fragments of a squat shouldered jar

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
2575–2465 B.C.

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


Width x length (a): 5.9 x 15.5 cm (2 5/16 x 6 1/8 in.) Width x length (b): 7.4 x 16.6 cm (2 15/16 x 6 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World



The stone is fine-grained with much opaque white. There is no ring on top. The base is missing, and the rim is inverted. It is broken and mended. Only these three 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: From Menkaura (Mycerinus) Valley Temple, Giza.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition