Canopic jar lid

Nubian
Napatan Period / Late Period, reign of Taharqa o
690–650 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid XXXVI (Tomb of Queen Atakhibaskan)

Dimensions

Height: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.1064

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid for a canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) in the shape of a falcon head, representing Qebhsenuef, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. Traces of red coloring remain around the eyes, blue coloring in the incised lines of the hair/wig. It is in worn condition, likely from exposure (wind-blown sand abrasion, etc.) Otherwise it is in very good condition.

Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 36 (tomb of Queen Atakhibaskan). 1917: 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: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition