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Small globular ovoid jar

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple, I- 366


Rim diameter: 4.9 cm; Maximum diameter: 12.6 cm; Height: 15.6 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Small globular ovoid jar with direct rim and rounded base: complete, aside from a chip in the rim. 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. The jar’s exterior is coated in a red slip and its surface shows signs of being unevenly fired. Reisner’s type A-II b.


From Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple I- 366. 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