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Royal statuette fragment - Menkaura (?)

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Fragment of fine-grained alabaster statuette depicting a king with false beard, possibly Menkaura (Mycerinus). Broken below eyes and at neck & beard; nose battered. Traces of red paint inside nostrils.

Provenance

From Giza, Valley Temple of Menkaura Pyramid Complex. March 2, 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. (Accession date: March 2, 1911).

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

Width x length x thickness: 12.3 x 11 x 6 cm (4 13/16 x 4 5/16 x 2 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

11.717

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Sculpture