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Magic beaker

Fine-grained, dark purple conical cup that is broken and split on one end. There is also a yellow-brown deposit over the end and side. This ritual cup was used in the "opening of the mouth" ceremony performed on the statues of Menkaura in his valley temple.

Provenance

From Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple. March 2, 1911: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1911: assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 2, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khufu (Cheops), 2551–2528 B.C.

Object Place for Label

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Accession Number

11.768

Medium or Technique

Basalt

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Religious and cult objects