Canoptic jar

Napatan Period, reign of Senkamanisken
643–623 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid III (Senkamanisken), Room A


Height: 29.1 cm (11 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar has been carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) and inscribed with three columns of incised hieroglyphic text within a rectangular register. The base is relatively narrow with slighly convex sides flaring outward to a wide mouth. Some areas of incrustation are evident on the surface. No lid has been associated.
The text reads:
“Spoken by Neith ‘[I] spend the day (?)
and night
every day [making protection for] Duamutef, who is herein.’”

For another jar of the same set see object 23.741.


From Nuri, pyramid 3 (tomb of Senkamanisken), room A. 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: 1923: received by the MFA.
(Accession Date: 1923)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition