Ewer with pinched spout (Globular shouldered jar)

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple


Rim diameter: 8.6 cm; Base diameter: 6.2 cm; Maximum diameter: 17.2 cm; Height: 15.7 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Globular shouldered jar with modeled, rolled rim and flat base: complete. The vessel was manufactured on the wheel. After the vessel was thrown, the exterior of the jar below the shoulder was scraped and cut into the desired shape and hand finished. The exterior is coated in a red slip which continues through the interior of the neck. One point of the rim was pinched while the clay was still plastic in order to create a small spout.


From Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple, . 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