Requires Photography

Ovoid jar with intact stopper

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6
2323–2150 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, BG. 438 1


Maximum diameter: 17 cm; Height: 35 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (probably Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Ovoid jar with intact stopper and pointed base: the jar is in two fragments which fit together. One of these two fragments was, in turn, reconstructed from sherds. The neck and rim of the vessel were broken off in antiquity and the mud stopper was placed directly onto this break. The body of the jar was made by hand and carefully smoothed. The jar is unslipped, and mud encrusts the body just under the stopper.


From Giza, BG. 438 1. 1936: 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