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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:
H. 30 cm (11 13/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.150.44
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
Each of four jars in Neferi's set of canopic jars is decorated with human arms and hands that hold a was-scepter (right hand) and an ankh (left hand). These arms probably indicate the protection of the deity who is invoked in the inscription on each jar - in this case Qebehsenuef, who protected the intestines which were probably originally stored inside.
Purchased in Luxor from Mohammed Mohassib, 1911.

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