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Head of King Khafra

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This fragmentary alabaster face derives from a sculpture of King Khafre. The nose is chipped, the beard is broken off, and both ears are missing except for the lobe of the right ear. The top of the head is broken off, but a joining fragment survives.


From Giza, in debris at NE corner of G 5330. 1914: 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. (Accession date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Khafra, 2520–2494 B.C.

Object Place for Label


Giza, Egypt


height x width x Diameter: 20.4 x 12.5 x 10 cm (8 1/16 x 4 15/16 x 3 15/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World