Canopic Chest of Senbi

Middle Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 112

This canopic box was part of the burial equipment of the steward Senbi, which also included the Museum’s famous hippopotamus (nicknamed "William" – see 17.9.1). The box is inscribed with recitations of the four sons of Horus and invocation of offerings in the name of Anubis. The inner lid is surmounted by four wooden heads representing the four sons of Horus, the guardians of the viscera.

Canopic Chest of Senbi, Wood (ziziphus sp.), paint, string

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view inside box in gallery