Beer jar (Slender ovoid jar)

Old Kingdom
2600–2200 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, El-Kab


Rim diameter: 9 cm; Legacy height: 28 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (coarse Nile Silt)

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, 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 middle of the vessel is marked with a pre-fired incised potmark in the shape of a circle which appears to have been made with a finger.


From Elkab. 1897, excavated by J. E. Quibell for the Egyptian Research Account , assigned to the Egyptian Research Account in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; given to the MFA by the ERA in response for contributions.

Credit Line

Egyptian Research Account by subscription