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Canopic jar with a baboon-headed lid (Hapy)

Period:
Late Period, Saite
Dynasty:
Dynasty 26
Date:
664–525 B.C.
Geography:
Possibly from Upper Egypt, Thebes; From Egypt
Medium:
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Dimensions:
Jar with Lid: H. 41.5 cm (16 5/16 in); greatest diam. 23 cm (9 1/16 in) Jar: H. 28.5cm (11 1/4 in.); depth (inside) 25.7 cm (10 1/8 in.); base diam. 14.4 cm (5 11/16 in.); rim diam. 13.6 cm (5 3/8 in.); circ. 72.2 cm (28 7/16 in.) Lid: H. 14.5 cm (5 11/16 in.); w. 16.9 cm (6 5/8 in.); d. 18.2 cm (7 3/16 in.); foot diam. 12.8 cm (7 3/16 in.).
Credit Line:
Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1910
Accession Number:
10.178.1a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 127
Canopic jars were made to contain the embalmed viscera removed from the body in the process of mummification. The organs were placed under the protection of the Four Sons of Horus, whose heads form the lids of the jars: Hapy (baboon-headed), Imsety (human-headed), Duamutef (jackal-headed), and Qebehsenuef (falcon-headed). In turn these gods were under the protection of the goddesses Nephthys, Isis, Neith, and Selket, respectively, as the inscriptions on the jars state.
Donated to the Museum by Theodore M. Davis, 1910.

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