Slender shouldered jar (Storage Jar)

Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 1 (?)
2960–2770 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Zawyet el-Aryan, Grave Z 43


Rim diameter: 11 cm; Legacy height: 45 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World



Slender shouldered jar with pointed base and rolled rim: 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. The vessel was carefully smoothed on the exterior with upward strokes and was not slipped. Thin traces of mud lining remain on the interior of the vessel. Z/43/X written in black on exterior.


From Zawyet el-Aryan, Grave Z 43. 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