Ovoid jar (Storage jar)

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 3–8
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, San el-Hagar


Rim diameter: 9.1 cm; Legacy height: 35 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Complete ovoid storage jar of Nile Silt clay, roughly spherical, with a round base and slightly modeled rim: complete. The neck is cylindrical; the jar is unslipped. The vessel was handmade, likely through coiling, through the body, while the neck and rim were turned on a slow wheel or turning device. It bears five incised lines in a horizontal band above the midsection and a pre-fired, incised potmark in the shape of a bisected, upside-down “v”.


From Tanis (San el-Hagar). 1884: excavated by William Flinders Petrie for the Egypt Exploration Fund; assigned to the Egypt Exploration Fund in the division of finds by the government of Egypt; October 28, 1885: presented to the MFA at EEF general meeting.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1886)

Credit Line

Egypt Exploration Fund by subscription