Model hes jar

Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11 – early Dynasty
2010–1961 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, shaft A (Djehutynakht)


Height x diameter: 10 x 6.5 cm (3 15/16 x 2 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World



This is one of a set of four model jars on a wooden board. The jars are models of a type of vessel known as a hes-jar. Actual jars of this type were used to pour libations. The base is flat and splayed, and the rim is flattened and everted.There are remains of plaster around the lower body.


From Deir el-Bersha, tomb 10, shaft A (tomb of Djehutynakht). May 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition