Tall ovoid jar

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.


Rim diameter: approx. 8 cm; Base diameter: 5.3 cm; Legacy height: 21.5 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Tall ovoid jar with modeled ledge rim, narrow neck, and flat base: complete. The jar is made of Nile silt clay; its exterior surface has been red slipped and burnished. The vessel was hand made, likely by coiling, to the shoulder. Above the shoulder, the vessel was turned on the wheel or slow turning device. A tag pasted on the upper half of the body reads 743. “633” was written nearby in ink and crossed out in pencil. // 13.5595, Reisner B-XVIII.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way