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Miniature ovoid jar with pierced handles

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The stone is fine-grained and wavy-lined. The handles are drilled on the sides. The base is small and flat, and the rim is rolled and everted. It is broken and mended. The rim is nicked. Otherwise, it is complete.


From Zawiyet el-Aryan, grave 144. 1910-11: 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: October 19, 1911)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Early Dynastic Period, Dynasty 2, 2750–2649 B.C.


Zawiyet el-Aryan, Egypt


Height x diameter:: 6 x 6.8 cm (2 3/8 x 2 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World