Human-headed canopic jar lid

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa
690–664 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), El-Kurru, Pyramid IV

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 17.8 x 16 cm (7 x 6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.2799

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

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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 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.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition