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Canopic Jar with an Image Representing the Hieroglyph for Face

New Kingdom
Dynasty 18, early
ca. 1550–1450 B.C.
From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes
Pottery, paint
Height of a and b: 32.6 cm (12 13/16 in.); diam. of jar 17.9 cm (7 1/16 in)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Gift of Henry Walters, by exchange, 2008
Accession Number:
2008.32a, b
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 117
The lid of this canopic jar is decorated with a human face styled after the traditional form of the hieroglyph "hr," the word for face in ancient Egyptian.
Purchased in Qurna, 1925 (formerly Museum accession 25.7.35a, b); deaccessioned, 1956. Purchased by the Museum from Dr. Robert Bigler, Switzerland, 2008.

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