Two-handled "oil-jar" with stopper

Near Eastern
Early Bronze Age
2625–2500 B.C.

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


Height x diameter: 49 x 26 cm (19 5/16 x 10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery, mud plaster

Not On View


The Ancient World



Tall shouldered jar (a) with modeled rolled rim, narrow neck, applied vertical loop handles, and flat base: complete. The jar is wheelmade and the exterior is red slipped . The jar was sealed with mud stopper (b): overlaid with white lime plaster: top broken. There are limestone or gypsum deposits adhering to the outer surface.
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