Canopic jar

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12
1991–1783 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, El Bersha


Height: 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


Africa and Oceania, The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This high-shouldered canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with a fairly narrow interior cavity. There are no indications of applied text. The stone shows some very small pits. Otherwise it is in perfect condition. A prominent white vein runs horizontally around the vessel just below the shoulders. No lid is preserved.


From Deir el-Bersha, mastaba 2001, pit A. 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition