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Beer jar (Slender shouldered jar)

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple, I-364


Rim diameter: 9.8 cm; Maximum diameter: 13.7 cm; Height: approx. 35 cm (w/o bottom of base)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (coarse Nile Silt)

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The Ancient World



Beer jar with direct rim and pointed base: complete, base broken off at point. Below the shoulder, the vessel is handmade, likely through coiling. Above the shoulder, the neck and rim of the vessel where made on the slow wheel or similar turning device. The surface is unslipped. In general, the jar is well finished for this type of vessel. Some limestone voiding can be seen at the surface.


From Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple, I-364. 19: 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