Beer jar (Slender shouldered jar)

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, East of mastaba 7525, in debris


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (coarse Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Beer jar with direct rim and rounded base: complete. Below the shoulder, the vessel is handmade, likely through coiling, and bears deep vertical smoothing marks on the interior. The shoulder is delineated by the deep horizontal finger impression which encircles half of the pot just below the shoulder. 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 clay used in the bottom portion of the pot was poorly wedged and has many fine cracks. The back half of the pot is heavily eroded. A misc bit of mud is stored in a bag inside the pot. // GPMP type AB4.


Giza, East of mastaba 7525, in debris. 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