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Sherds from a beer jar (Slender shouldered jar)

Sherds from a beer jar with direct rim, no neck, and pointed base: not reconstructed. The body of the jar was handmade, probably through coiling; the interior of these portions of the vessel shows heavy fingers strokes upwards to join the coils. The rim was turned on the slow wheel or a similar...

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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


Too fragmentary; none could be taken

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Medium or Technique

Pottery (Coarse Nile Silt)


The Ancient World