Small squat shouldered jar

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple, sub 384


Rim diameter: 4.5 cm; Maximum diameter: 9.5 cm; Height: 8.0 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Squat shouldered jar with direct rim and round base: 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 and hand finished. The jar is possibly coated in a red slip. “22” is written in black ink on the bottom of the jar.


From Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple, sub 384 . 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