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Sherds from a beer jar (Slender shouldered jar)

Sherds from a beer jar with direct rim and no neck: not reconstructed. The largest sherd presents an almost-complete profile (missing the base, which would have been pointed). The lower two-thirds of the jar were handmade, probably through coiling; the interior of these portions of the vessel...

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From Giza, G 5380 A, debris in chamber. 1912: 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

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, 2649–2100 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Rim diameter: approx. 14 cm

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Pottery (Coarse Nile Silt)


The Ancient World