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Small shouldered jar

Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4
2575–2465 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, G 1201/5


Rim diameter: 6.7 cm; Maximum diameter: approx. 10 cm; Height: 13.3 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Small shouldered jar with modeled, rolled rim and flat base: in four unassembled sherds. When two of these are joined, these sherds are missing much of the base and some of the bottom of the body, but otherwise the pot is complete. The jar was thrown on the wheel. After the vessel was thrown, the exterior of the bottom half of the jar was scraped and cut into the desired shape, hand finished, and covered in a red slip. It was unevenly fired. “G 1201/5” written on the jar in black ink.


From Giza, G 1201/5. 19?: 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