Canopic jar with a falcon-headed lid (Qebehsenuef)
- Late Period, Saite
- Dynasty 26
- 664–525 B.C.
- Possibly from Upper Egypt, Thebes; From Egypt
- Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
- Jar and Lid: H. 42 cm (16 9/16 in); greatest diam. 25 cm (9 13/16 in)
Jar: H. 31.1 cm (12 1/4 in.); d. 25.5 cm (10 1/16 in.); dam. of mouth 14 cm (5 1/2 in.); diam of base 15.2 cm (6 in.); circ. 77.7 cm (30 9/16 in.)
Lid: H. 12.3 cm (4 13/16 in.); w. 17.6 cm (6 15/16 in.); d. 17.8 cm (7 in.); diam. of foot 13.6 cm (5 3/8 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of Theodore M. Davis, 1910
- Accession Number:
- 10.178.2a, b
Canopic jars were made to contain the embalmed viscera removed from the body in the process of mummification. The organs were placed under the protection of the Four Sons of Horus, whose heads form the lids of the jars: Hapy (baboon-headed), Imsety (human-headed), Duamutef (jackal-headed), and Qebehsenuef (falcon-headed). In turn these gods were under the protection of the goddesses Nephthys, Isis, Neith, and Selket, respectively, as the inscriptions on the jars state.