Ovoid jar (Storage jar)

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
2465–2323 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 4733 E


Rim diameter: 8.8 cm; Height: 31 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Ovoid jar with rolled rim, cylindrical neck, and pointed base: reconstructed from sherds and largely complete. The body of the jar is handmade, likely through coiling, and carefully smoothed, leaving traces of upward strokes on the exterior. The neck and rim were manufactured on the slow wheel or similar turning device. The exterior of the vessel is unslipped. // 12-10-41, Reisner type A-IIb, GPMP type AB2.


From Giza, G4733E. 1914: 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