Tall ovoid jar with two handles (Oil Jar)

Near Eastern
Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, reign of Neferkara Pepy II
2246–2152 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Tomb of Impy, G 2381 A


Rim diameter: approx. 13 cm; Base diamter: approx. 12.5 cm; Height: 48 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (non-Egyptian clay)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Tall shouldered jar with modeled rolled rim, narrow neck, applied vertical loop handles, and flat base: complete. The jar is wheelmade and the exterior surface is lightly combed horizontally and is red slipped. There are deposits of limestone or gypsum on the exterior as well.
The jar is a foreign import to Egypt. Reisner and Smith paralleled this type to Levantine examples. Tests of the contents of other jars of this type yielded tree resin, likely mixed with something to create a fragrant oil. // Reisner B-LIV.


From Giza G 2381 A (tomb of Impy). 1912: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.

(Accession date: December 4, 1913)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition