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Squat shouldered jar

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple, I 54-144


Base diameter: approx. 8.8 cm; Maximum diameter: approx. 16 cm; Height from base to bottom of neck: 11 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Squat shouldered jar with flat base: complete from base to shoulder but missing all of the neck and 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 is red slipped and burnished on the exterior through to the interior of the neck. The form is // Eg.Inv.7981, though larger.


From Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple I 54-144. 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