Slender ovoid jar

Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 2
2750–2649 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Zawyet el-Aryan, Grave Z 122


Rim diameter: 9.1 cm; Legacy height: 24 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Slender ovoid jar with rolled, modeled rim and round base: complete. The jar was coil made to the neck; the shoulder and rim of the jar were turned, either on a slow wheel or a similar turning device. There does not appear to have been any surface treatment, though the exterior of the vessel is eroded. It has a medium length cylindrical neck. Z/122/4 is written in black on the exterior of the vessel.


From Zawyet el-Aryan, Grave Z 122. 1910-11: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession date: December 7, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition