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Canopic jar

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18
ca. 1550–1295 B.C.
From Egypt; Said to be from Upper Egypt, Thebes, Dira Abu el-Naga
Pottery, paint
H. 31.5 cm (12 3/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Foulds, 1925
Accession Number:
25.7.30a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
The inscription on this jar invokes the protection of the goddess Isis and the god Imsety for the House Mistress Seniseneb. These deities were prote5.ctors of the liver, one of the four internal organs removed from the body during mummification and usually stored in a set of four canopic jars. The inscription on a second jar belonging to Seniseneb (25.7.32a, b) invokes the goddess Selkit and the god Qebehsenuef, who were protectors of the intestines.
Purchased in Luxor with funds given by Dr. and Mrs. Thomas H. Foulds, 1924-1925.

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