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Unfinished statuette of King Menkaura (Mycerinus)

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By the Old Kingdom, Egyptian artists had perfected the process of statue making, in terms of both the exploitation of stone and the achievement of the ideal body form. This object is one of a group of statuettes, found in the Valley Temple of Menkaura, that illustrates exactly how they did it....

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From Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple. 1910-11: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; 1911: assigned to the MFA 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.

Object Place for Label


Giza, Egypt


Height x width x depth: 35 x 15.5 x 19.5 cm (13 3/4 x 6 1/8 x 7 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Anorthosite gneiss


The Ancient World