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Fragmentary Canopic Jar Inscribed for Senimen

Period:
New Kingdom
Date:
ca. 1550–1295 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Sheikh Abd el-Qurna, Tomb of Senimen (TT 252), MMA excavations, 1935–36
Medium:
Pottery, Marl A4, paint
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1935
Accession Number:
35.3.333b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
Fragments of four canopic jars were uncovered during the Museum's excavations in the vicinity of TT 252, the tomb of a man named Senimen. Seven of the fragments could be joined together to restore part of one side of a jar inscribed with a partial inscription. The text names Senimen and invokes the funerary god Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus who protect the internal organs removed from the body during mummification. Hapy's task was to guard Senimen's lungs, which were probably stored in this jar.

Fragments of a lid made in the form of a human head were also found.
Excavated by the Egyptian Expedition of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1934–1935. Acquired by the Museum in the division of finds, 1935.

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