Beer jar (Slender shouldered jar)

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Debris E of mastaba G 7525


Rim diameter: 10.1 cm; Maximum diameter: approx. 12.9 cm; Height: approx. 36 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (coarse Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Beer jar with direct rim and pointed base: complete. Below the shoulder, the vessel is handmade, likely through coiling, and bears deep vertical smoothing marks on the interior. Above the shoulder, the neck and rim of the vessel where made on the slow wheel or similar turning device. The surface is unslipped. The fabric shows frequent voiding from burnout of large limestone inclusions; moderate chaff inclusions are also visible. Slight traces of the mud lining remain on the interior. A mud stopper from this jar is stored separately. // GPMP type AB4.


From Giza, debris E of mastaba G 7525. 1928: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition