Globular shouldered jar

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, 845 (?)


Rim diameter: 5 cm; maximum diameter: approximately 9.5 cm; height: 10.6 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Globular shouldered jar with rolled rim and pointed base: complete. The jar was thrown on the wheel. After the vessel was thrown, the exterior of the bottom half of the jar was scraped and cut into the desired shape, hand finished, and covered in a red slip. The red slip covers the exterior and continues through the interior of the neck.


From Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple 845 (?). 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