Canopic Jar of Manhata

New Kingdom

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 118

This is one of two canopic jars inscribed with the name Manhata that are on display in the Museum (see also 18.8.1a, b). Originally, Manhata had four such jars, each meant to hold one of the four internal organs (liver, lungs, stomach, and intestines) removed during the mummification process. The text on this jar places the organ inside under the protection of Duamutef, one of the Four Sons of Horus.

Manhata, whose name suggests that she came from western Asia, also had a silver libation jar (18.8.22a, b) and a heart amulet (26.8.144) inscribed with her name.

Canopic Jar of Manhata, Limestone, blue paste

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