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Menkaura royal sculpture fragment

Large sculpted fragment of knee of statue, two pieces glued together. Finely modeled structure of bones and muscles clearly visible. Small rounded protrusion at top of knee is likely from end of middle finger of left hand resting on thigh.

Provenance

From Giza. Menkaura Valley Temple. Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Menkaura, 2490–2472 B.C.

Findspot

Giza, Egypt

Dimensions

Overall: 13.4 x 10.6 x 9 cm (5 1/4 x 4 3/16 x 3 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

47.1997

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture