Human-headed canopic jar lid
Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa
Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), El-Kurru, Pyramid IV
Height x diameter: 17.8 x 16 cm (7 x 6 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Not On View
This lid for a canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) in the shape of a human head, likely representing Imsety, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. The face shows delicate modeling of the features, though it is now in slightly battered condition. A false beard is fitted as a separate piece.
From Nubia (Sudan) el-Kurru, Pyramid 4 (Queen Khensa). March 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 the Sudan.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1921)
Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition