Canopic jar

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11–13
2061–1640 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha

Dimensions

Height: 23.7 cm (9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.450

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

On View

Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with roughly eveninly distributed veins. Virtually straight sides flare outward from a fairly narrow base to wide, bulging shoulders that curve gradually to a narrow aperture. No traces of applied text are evident. The interior cavity contains a black, earthy deposit. It is in perfect condition.

Provenance

From Deir el-Bersha. 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition