Canopic jar

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)–Taharqa
743–664 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 4

Dimensions

Height: 45 cm (17 11/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.2808

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster), showing tall and narrow porportions with a fairly small base, vaguely convex sides, and almost no shoulders. It is broken and mended, but nearly complete. Crudely inscribed incised hieroglyphs are carried on the exterior and spell the name “Imsety,” one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased.

Provenance

From el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan), Ku 4 (tomb of Queen Khensa). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition