Canopic Jars of Nebsen and Senwosret

Canopic jars were made to contain the four internal organs removed during the mummification process (stomach, liver, intestines, lungs). Earlier examples had flat or domed lids, but human-headed lids were introduced by the early Middle Kingdom. Three of these jars are inscribed for Nebsen, while the fourth jar, found in the same tomb, names Senwosret. It is likely that two sets of jars were manufactured in the same workshop and at some point mixed.

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Object Details

Period: Middle Kingdom

Dynasty: Dynasty 12

Date: ca. 1981-1802 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt, el-Riqqa, Cemetery A, Tomb 116

Medium: Limestone

Dimensions: Nebsen jars: H. 40 cm (15 3/4 in.); Diam. 22 cm (8 11/16 in.)
Senwosret jar: H. 39 cm (15 3/8 in.); Diam. 22 cm (8 11/16 in.)

Credit Line: Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

El-Riqqa, cemetery A, tomb 116; British School of Archaeology in Egypt and Egyptian Research Account excavations, 1912–13.