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Ovoid jar with handles

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The stone is fine-grained and wavy-lined. Handles are modeled on the shoulders. It is broken and mended. The rim is inverted, and the base is rounded. Fragments, including the base, are missing. There is a band of opaque white at the base.


From Egypt, Menkaura Valley Temple, Giza. 1911: 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. Findspot Information: Menkaura (Menkaura) Valley Temple, Giza Menkaura Valley Temple, Giza

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, 2575–2465 B.C.




Height x width: 15.8 x 10.2 cm (6 1/4 x 4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World