Ovoid jar (Storage jar)

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 4220 A chamber


Rim diameter: approx. 10.5 cm; Height: approx. 32 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Ovoid jar with rolled, slightly everted rim, short neck, and pointed base: complete, though missing a few small sherds at rim. The body of the vessel was handmade, likely through coiling; the neck and rim were made on a slow wheel or similar turning device. The body was cut into the pointed shape and was only minimally smoothed afterwards, leaving cutting marks visible. The jar is cream or pink slipped. Reisner type A-IIc


From Giza, G4220A chamber. 1914: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Egypt.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition