Requires Photography

Sherds from a beer jar (Slender shouldered jar)

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 5380 A, debris in chamber


Rim diameter: approx. 14 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Coarse Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Sherds from a beer jar with direct rim and no neck: not reconstructed. The largest sherd presents an almost-complete profile (missing the base, which would have been pointed). The lower two-thirds of the jar were handmade, probably through coiling; the interior of these portions of the vessel shows heavy fingers strokes upwards to join the coils. The rim was turned on the slow wheel or a similar turning device. The exterior surface of the jar is unslipped.


From Giza, G 5380 A, debris in chamber. 1912: 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