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Canopic Jar with Jackal Head
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Canopic Jar with Jackal Head

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Description During mummification, the internal organs of the deceased were removed from the body and placed in a set of four special containers, the so-called canopic jars. The lids of the jars depicted the heads of a hawk, a human, a jackal, and a baboon, each associated with one of the four "Sons of Horus," the deities responsible for protecting the organs. Jackal-headed Duamutef was responsible for the stomach.
  • Beyond the Pharaohs: Egypt and the Copts in the Second to Seventh Centuries A.D.. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence; The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1989.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, New York and Paris [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [said to be from Luxor]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925

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7th century BCE (Late Period)
limestone, paint
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Overall: 9 13/16 x 5 1/2 in. (25 x 14 cm)
Location Within Museum
Not On View


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