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Canopic Jar of Minmose

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
probably mid-Dynasty 18
Date:
ca. 1450–1400 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt
Medium:
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster), paint, Egyptian blue
Dimensions:
H. 42 cm (16 9/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Liana Weindling Gift, in memory of her mother, 2005
Accession Number:
2005.106a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 119
The owner of this canopic jar was Minmose, a troop captain whose name and title appear in the left hand column of the inscription. The rest of the text invokes the goddess Nephthys and the god Imsety, asking their protection for the contents of the jar. Nephthys was one of the four goddesses who protected the dead, and Imsety was one of the "four sons of Horus" who protected the four internal organs that were removed from the body during mummification. Imsety was usually linked with the goddess Isis to protect the canopic jar that held a person's liver. The association of Nephthys with Imsety in this inscription is a variant that is sometimes found in the New Kingdom.
Traces of a pigment known as Egyptian blue are still visible in the hieroglyphs. The eyebrows, the pupils, and the cosmetic lines around the eyes were also originally painted.
Purchased by the Museum from Dr. Robert Bigler, Switzerland, 2005. Belongs to a set with jars left by the sculptor Bertel Thorvaldsen (d. 1844) to the Thorvaldsens Museum, Copenhagen. Published in the MMA Bulletin, Fall 2005.

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