Canopic jar

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11–13
2061–1640 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha


Height: 23.7 cm (9 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

On View

Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with roughly eveninly distributed veins. Virtually straight sides flare outward from a fairly narrow base to wide, bulging shoulders that curve gradually to a narrow aperture. No traces of applied text are evident. The interior cavity contains a black, earthy deposit. It is in perfect condition.


From Deir el-Bersha. 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