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Sherds from a tall ovoid jar

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
2575–2465 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 4340 A, shaft debris


Rim diameter: approx. 9.1 cm; Height: 32.5 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Sherds from a tall ovoid jar with a modeled ledge rim, and narrow neck: total of four sherds, two reattached and an additional two stored loose. The vessel would have had a flat base. The two sherds which are joined almost provide a complete profile (missing the base). The jar’s body was handmade, probably through coiling, and very carefully smoothed. The neck and rim were manufactured on the slow wheel or a similar turning device. The exterior surface was red slipped and burnished. // 72.1378, Reisner B-XVIII


From Giza, G 4340 A, shaft debris. 1913: 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