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Model hes jar

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Known in the ancient Egyptian language as hes-jars, tall shouldered jars like the one replicated in this copper miniature were used for pouring libations. The jars are characterized by splaying, conical feel, high shoulders and narrow necks. This vessel is part of a large collection of model...

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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)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 6, reign of Neferkara Pepy II, 2246–2152 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


height x width x diameter: 12 x 18.7 x 19.6 cm (4 3/4 x 7 3/8 x 7 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World