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Canopic jar Inscribed for Neferi

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Date:
ca. 1550–1295 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt; Said to be from Middle Egypt, Asyut (Lykopolis)
Medium:
Pottery, Nile B, red ochre wash, paint
Dimensions:
Overall H. 40 cm (15 3/4 in.). Lid: H. 12.1 cm (4 3/4 in.); Diam. 12.3 cm (4 13/16 in.); Diam. of rim 8.4 cm (3 15/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.150.41a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
The inscription around the shoulder of this jar records the name of the owner, Neferi, and invokes Duamutef, one of the Four Sons of Horus, who protected the internal organs that were removed during mummification. Duamutef protected the stomach suggesting that the jar once contained this organ. Neferi's canopic jars are each decorated with a pair of human arms; the right hand holds a was-scepter and the left holds an ankh.
Purchased in Luxor from Mohammed Mohassib, 1911.

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