From Egypt, Fayum Entrance Area, Lahun, Tomb of Sithathoryunet (BSA Tomb 8), BSAE excavations 1914
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster), paint
H. 35.5 cm (14 in.)
Purchase, Rogers Fund and Henry Walters Gift, 1916
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 111
The four canopic jars of the king's daughter Sithathoryunet all have human-headed lids like most jars dating to the Middle Kingdom. The jars were intended to store the four internal organs removed during mummification, the lungs, liver, intestines, and stomach. The inscriptions on the jars invoke the four funerary goddesses and the Four Sons of Horus who protect these organs. The inscription on this jar invokes Nephthys and Hapy, who protect the lungs.
Excavated by Petrie at Lahun under the sponsorship of the British School of Archeology in Egypt, 1914. Received by Petrie in the division of finds. Purchased by the Museum from Petrie, 1916.