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Canopic Jar


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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. A complete set is exhibited in the Egyptian galleries. 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. Responsible for the liver was the human-headed Imsety, while the hawk-headed Qebehsenuef protected the intestines.
Provenance Dikran Kelekian, Paris and New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1925, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters, 1925

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Period
ca. 670 BC-640 BC (Late Period)
Medium
limestone, paint
(Stone)
Accession Number
41.90
Measurements
H: 9 13/16 x W: 5 3/16 in. (25 x 13.2 cm)
Geographies
  • Egypt (Place of Origin)

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