Canopic jar

Napatan Period, reign of Piankhy (Piye)–Taharqa
743–664 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), el-Kurru, Ku 4


Height: 45 cm (17 11/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster), showing tall and narrow porportions with a fairly small base, vaguely convex sides, and almost no shoulders. It is broken and mended, but nearly complete. Crudely inscribed incised hieroglyphs are carried on the exterior and spell the name “Imsety,” one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased.


From el-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan), Ku 4 (tomb of Queen Khensa). 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 Sudan.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition