Canopic jar of Tetinakht: Imsety
- New Kingdom
- Dynasty 18, early
- reign of Ahmose I
- ca. 1550–1525 B.C.
- From Egypt, Upper Egypt, Thebes, Asasif, Birabi, Tomb CC 9, Carnarvon/Carter excavations, 1907–11
- Pottery, Marl A4
- Overall H. 29 cm (11 7/16 in); diam. 19.1 cm (7 1/2 in). Lid: H. 9.7 cm (3 13/16 in.); Diam. 11.6 cm (4 9/16 in.); Diam. of rim 7 cm (2 3/4 in.)
- Credit Line:
- Rogers Fund, 1912
- Accession Number:
Three canopic jars (12.181.253a–c) were found in a tomb dating to the beginning of Dynasty 18. Two of the lids are shaped like animal heads which represent jackal-headed deity Duamutef, protector of the stomach, and the falcon-headed deity Qebehsenuef, protector of the iintestines. This jar, with the human-headed lid, represents the deity Imsety, protector of the liver. These are three of the Four Sons of Horus. Missing from the set is the fourth jar which probably had a baboon-headed lid representing the Hapy, protector of the lungs.
These are the earliest datable examples of animal-headed lids on canopic jars, a style that did not become common until later in the New Kingdom. In earlier periods, the lids were different. Old Kingdom canopic jars were often covered with simple disk-shaped lids (see 14.7.16–.19), and from the Middle Kingdom into the early New Kingdom, they were usually covered with human-headed lids (see 11.150.17a–d).
For a complete set of animal-headed canopic jars, see 12.183.1a–d.