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Sherds from a beer jar (Slender shouldered jar)

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

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


Too fragmentary; none could be taken

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Coarse Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Sherds from a beer jar with direct rim, no neck, and pointed base: not reconstructed. The body of the jar was 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. It is extremely irregular. The exterior surface of the jar is white slipped.


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