Small globular shouldered jar

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple, I-392


Rim diameter: 8 cm; Base diameter: 8.2 cm; Maximum diameter: 13.9 cm; Height: approx. 12.8 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Globular shouldered jar with modeled, rolled rim and flat base: missing about 20% of the rim but otherwise complete. 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 is red slipped and has black residue splotched around the shoulder. // 20.1880, though smaller.


From Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple, I-392. 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