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Opening of the Mouth cup

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Cracked conical cup with a small nick out of the upper rim and spots of yellow-brown on the side and base. This ritual cup was used in the "opening of the mouth" ceremony performed on the statues of Menkaura in his valley temple.


From Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple. 1910: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1911: assigned to the MFA by the Egyptian government.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Giza, Egypt

Object Place

Giza, Egypt


Height x diameter: 4.2 x 4.3 cm (1 5/8 x 1 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Quartz crystal


The Ancient World


Religious and cult objects