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Magic bottle

Fine-grained ritual vessel with a wavy-lined surface. The inside was not hollowed out; thus its designation as a "dummy" vessel. It would have been used in the "opening of the mouth" ceremony performed on the statues of Menkaura in his valley temple.


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


Giza, Egypt

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Religious and cult objects