Shoulder jar with mud seal and stopper

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4–5
2575–2323 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza


Rim diameter: 8.5 cm; Height: 28 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Small ovoid storage jar with cylindrical neck and pointed base: complete. Portions of the rolled rim, neck, and shoulder are obscured with the mud used as to close the vessel. The body of the vessel was handmade, likely through coiling; the neck and rim were made on the slow wheel or similar turning device. The exterior surface was carefully finished with upward strokes and is unslipped. The interior is filled with straw, portions of the sealing mud, and mud fragments. Mud seal preserved separately. // 12-10-44. Possibly // GPMP type AB2.


From Giza. 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