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Canopic jar with a jackal-headed lid

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. 49 cm (19 5/16 in.); Diam. 22.8 cm (9 in.); Jar: H. 28.3 cm (11 1/8 in.); D. 23.6 cm (9 5/16 in.); Diam. at base 14 cm (5 1/2 in.); Diam. at mouth 14 cm (5 1/2 in.); Circ. 70 cm (27 9/16 in.); Lid: H. 22.3 cm (8 3/4 in.); W. 17.4 cm (6 7/8 in.); D. 19.7 cm (3/4 in.); Diam. of foot 12.4 cm (4 7/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Theodore M. Davis Collection, Bequest of Theodore M. Davis, 1915
Accession Number:
30.8.126a, 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 Kebehsenuef (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.

This jar was under the protection of Duamutef and Neith and would probably have contained the stomach.
Formerly Theodore M. Davis Collection (before 1910). Bequeathed to the Museum by Davis, 1915; accessioned, 1930.

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