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Sherds from a large ovoid jar

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
2575–2465 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 4530 A


Rim diameter: 11 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (possibly Marl Clay)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Fifteen sherds from a large ovoid jar with rolled rim and pointed base: not reconstructed. The body of the jar was handmade, likely through coiling, and carefully smoothed; the rim and neck were made on the slow wheel. The exterior of the jar is white slipped. The interior is coated with a thick layer of plaster (?). The vessel appears to have been used for plaster only after the rim and neck were broken off, as the plaster covers portions of those breaks.


From Giza, G 4530 A. 1914: 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