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Canopic jar Inscribed for Neferi

Period:
New Kingdom
Dynasty:
Dynasty 18
Date:
ca. 1550–1295 B.C.
Geography:
From Egypt; Said to be from Middle Egypt, Asyut (Lykopolis)
Medium:
Pottery, Nile B, red ochre wash, paint
Dimensions:
Overall H. 38.5 cm (15 3/16 in.). Jar only: H. 29 cm (11 7/16 in.); Diam. 22.2 cm (8 3/4 in.). Lid only: H. 12 cm (4 3/4 in.); Diam. 13.8 cm (5 7/16 in.)
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1911
Accession Number:
11.150.42a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
The group of four canopic jars inscribed for Neferi are unusual in that each jar is decorated with a pair of human arms and hands; the right hand holding a was-scepter and the left holding an ankh. The inscription around the shoulder of this jar invokes Hapi, one of the Four Sons of Horus, who protected the lungs after they were removed from the body during mummification. This jar was probably intended to contain Neferi's lungs.
Purchased in Luxor from Mohammed Mohassib, 1911.

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