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Fragmentary miniature slender ovoid jar (Barrel-shaped jar)

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
2575–2465 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 4340 A, debris in shaft


Rim diameter: 3 cm; Base diameter: approx. 3 cm; Height:

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Miniature slender ovoid jar with modeled rim and flat base; 1 sherd, but full profile preserved. The midsection of the jar is incised with two horizontal lines, forming a band which is then crosshatched, to represent cord decoration. Vessel is wheelmade and unslipped. Form // 13.5653, Reisner type B-LVIII.


From Giza, G 4340 A, debris in shaft. 1913: 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