Globular ovoid jar

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple


Rim diameter: 8.7 cm; Maximum diameter: approx. 20 cm; Height: 23.2 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Globular ovoid jar with rolled rim, tubular neck, and round base: complete. The body of the jar was handmade, likely through coiling, while the neck and rim were made on the slow wheel or similar turning device. The exterior of the vessel is coated in a red slip. The body is fairly irregular. Six incised lines run horizontally around the pot just under the neck.


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