Slender ovoid jar

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza


Rim diameter: 8.3 cm; Height: approx. 30.5 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Slender shouldered jar with modeled rim, slightly funnel-shaped neck, and pointed base: complete. Roughly “torpedo shaped.” The body of the jar was handmade, possibly through coiling, and the neck and rim were made on the slow wheel or similar turning device. The exterior of the vessel has been white slipped. Plaster remnants splotch the upper half of the exterior. // 14.1722, Reisner type A-IIc.


Findspot Information: From Giza; G 5232 A /5. 1914: 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.

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition