Beer jar (Slender shouldered jar)

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Debris E of mastaba G 7525


Rim diameter: 10.6 cm; Height: 44 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Slender shouldered jar with pointed base, short neck, and direct rim: complete. Shoulder very high and quite pronounced. The jar was coil made to the neck; the shoulder and rim of the jar were turned, either on a slow wheel or a similar turning device. The vessel was carefully smoothed on the exterior with upward strokes and was not slipped.


From Giza, debris E of mastaba G 7525. 1928: 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