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Bearing stone for ropes

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Broken. Three grooves for rope on one end, conical boring (broken) on opposite end.


From Giza, Valley Temple of Menkaura, tomb G 4220. Excavated by the Harvard University–Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, probably reign of Myceri, 2532–2510 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


12 x 8 x 11 cm (4 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 4 5/16 in.)

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Stone, dark granite


The Ancient World


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