Tall shouldered jar

Old Kingdom
2649–2100 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple, 390-I?


Rim diameter: 8 cm; Base diameter: 6.4 cm; Maximum diameter: 13 cm; Height: 19.2 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Nile Silt)

Not On View


The Ancient World



Tall shouldered jar with rolled rim, slightly funnel-shaped neck, and flat base: missing about ¾ of the neck and rim, though otherwise complete. The vessel is wheel-made. After the vessel was thrown, the exterior of the jar below the shoulder was scraped and cut into the desired shape, leaving haphazard smoothing marks. The exterior is coated in a red slip.


From Giza, Menkaura Valley Temple 390-I?. 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