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Slender ovoid jar (Storage jar)

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
2465–2323 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb G 4520, b chamber (= published G 4520 A)


Rim diameter: 10.5 cm; Height: approx. 34 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (probably Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Slender ovoid jar with rolled, modeled rim, cylindrical neck, and pointed base: 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 white slipped. Remnants from a mud seal and mud lumps, perhaps from an inner lining, are inside the pot. No traces of mud lining left around the neck. // Reisner type A-IIb, GPMP type AB2.


From Giza, tomb G 4520, b chamber (= published G 4520 A). 1914: 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: September 18, 2006)

Credit Line

Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition