Canopic jar

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

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


Height: 37 cm (14 9/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar of tall, fairly narrow proportions is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster). It has been broken and sizable fragments are missing. The remaining portion of the internal cavity is filled with hard plaster. It carries a crudely inscribed name in heiroglyphic text, which reads “Quebhsennuf,” the name of 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