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Beer jar (Slender shouldered jar)

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2037 b X


Rim diameter: too small to measure, Height: approx. 32 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (coarse Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Beer jar with direct rim and pointed base: full profile preserved at one point, but otherwise missing much of shoulder and rim. 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 clay used in the bottom third of the jar was poorly wedged, resulting in a lot of cracking along the exterior surface. The interior of the beer jar is full of mud fragments from the interior mud lining. // GPMP type AB4.


From Giza, G 2037 b X. 1937: 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