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Canopic jar of princess Sithathoryunet - Imsety

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12
reign of Senwosret II–Amenemhat III
ca. 1887–1813 B.C.
From Egypt, Fayum Entrance Area, Lahun, Tomb of Sithathoryunet (BSA Tomb 8), BSAE excavations 1914
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster), paint
H. 35.5 cm (14 in.)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Rogers Fund and Henry Walters Gift, 1916
Accession Number:
16.1.46a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 111
The four canopic jars of the king's daughter Sithathoryunet all have human-headed lids like most jars dating to the Middle Kingdom. The jars were intended to store the four internal organs removed during mummification, the lungs, liver, intestines, and stomach. The inscriptions on the jars invoke the four funerary goddesses and the Four Sons of Horus who protect these organs. The inscription on this jar invokes Neith and Imsety, who protect the liver.
Excavated by Petrie at Lahun under the sponsorship of the British School of Archeology in Egypt, 1914. Received by Petrie in the division of finds. Purchased by the Museum from Petrie, 1916.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Part I: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 324, fig. 212.

Arnold, Dieter, Emma Brunner Traut, Henry G. Fischer, Matthias Seidel, Wilfried Seipel, C. Vandersleyen, and Erika Feucht 1975. Das alte Ägypten, Propyläen Kunstgeschichte, 15. Berlin, p. 371, fig. 365.

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