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Slender ovoid jar

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 5
2465–2323 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 4733 E


Rim diameter: 8.2 cm; Height: approx. 28.2 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Marl clay)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Slender ovoid jar with slightly rolled rim and pointed base: reconstructed from sherds and missing part of the upper body, shoulder, and rim. Unslipped. The body was handmade, probably through coiling, while the neck and rim were made on the slow wheel or similar turning device. The exterior of the body has been very carefully smoothed with upward strokes and is well finished.


From Giza, G4733E. 1914: 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