Beer jar (Slender shouldered jar)

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

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


Rim diameter: 10.9 cm; Height: approx. 36 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. 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 exterior shows moderate chaff inclusions and frequent voiding. A bit of the mud stopper is stored separately from the vessel as 28.1484b. // GPMP type AB4.


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