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Globular ovoid jar

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple I


Rim diameter: 6 cm; Maximum diameter: 11.6 cm; Height: 15.6 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Globular ovoid jar with modeled, everted rim and round base: missing 1/3 of rim (sherds stored inside the vessel) but otherwise complete. After the vessel was thrown, the exterior of the bottom half of the jar was scraped and cut into the desired shape and hand finished, then covered in a red slip. The final scraping left numerous incised groves and the bottom half of the pot looks very rough.


From Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple I. 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