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Shouldered jar

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple, I-314, T 318


Rim diameter: 5.5 cm; Maximum diameter: approx. 10 cm; Height: 16.5 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Marl Clay)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Tall shouldered jar with modeled rim and pointed base: missing part of the shoulder but otherwise complete. The vessel was manufactured on the wheel. After the vessel was thrown, the exterior of the jar below the shoulder was scraped and cut into the desired shape and hand finished. The jar is unslipped.


From Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple, I-314, T 318. 19: 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