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Fragmentary shouldered jar

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
2465–2323 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 2440 A


Rim diameter: 10 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Fragmentary shouldered jar with rolled rim: two-thirds of the profile is preserved, as measured from rim. Base is missing but most likely would have been pointed. In addition to the large profile fragment, there are two bags of unattached sherds. The body of the vessel is handmade, likely through coiling, while the rim and neck were made on the slow wheel or similar turning device. The exterior of the vessel is red slipped and burnished. 7 short (approx. 1 cm long) tick marks were incised into the midsection of the jar before firing.


From Giza, G2440A. 1940: 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