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

Canopic Chest of Senbi

Middle Kingdom
Dynasty 12
Senwosret I to Senwosret II
ca. 1961–1878 B.C.
From Egypt, Middle Egypt, Meir, Tomb B3 of the nomarch Senbi II, pit 1 (steward Senbi), Khashaba excavations, 1910–11
Wood (ziziphus sp.), paint, string
Chest with lid: H. 58.5 × W. 59.2 × D. 59 cm (23 1/16 × 23 5/16 × 23 1/4 in.); Inner lid: W. 50 × D. 51.2 cm (19 11/16 × 20 3/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
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.
Excavated by Sayyid Pasha Khashaba and received in the division of finds. Purchased by the Museum from Nicolas Tano, 1911.

Mace, Arthur C. and Herbert E. Winlock 1916. The Tomb of Senebtisi at Lisht, Publications of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Egyptian Expedition, 1. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 52, no. 5.

Hayes, William C. 1953. Scepter of Egypt I: A Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in The Metropolitan Museum of Art: From the Earliest Times to the End of the Middle Kingdom. Cambridge, Mass.: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 321.