Canopic jar

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Thutmose IV
1400–1390 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Thebes (Valley of the Kings), Tomb of Thutmose IV (KV 43)


Height: 39 cm (15 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar, carved of white limestone, has a wide base and slight, high shoulders. The interior cavity is fairly wide. A column of incised hieroglyphic text on the exterior reads: “Spoken: O Isis, your two arms hide that which is in you. Protect/protection.”

For the human-headed lid to this jar see object 03.1130b.


From Thebes, Valley of the Kings, tomb of Thothmes IV (KV43). 1902: excavated by Theodore M. Davis in the Valley of the Kings; assigned to Theodore M. Davis by the government of Egypt; 1903: given to the MFA by Theodore M. Davis.

(Accession Date: June 11, 1903)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore M. Davis