Canopic jar inscribed for King Anlamani

Napatan Period, reign of Anlamani
623–593 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid 7


Height x diameter: 32 x 18 cm (12 5/8 x 7 1/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

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The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with a somewhat narrow base and slighly convex sides that flare slighly outward to a wide mouth. A square register containing three columns of hieroglyphic text has been incised on the exterior. Although excavated in the Nuri pyramid VII, belonging to King Karkamani, the jar is inscribed for an earlier Napatan ruler, King Anlamani (of Pyramid VI). The text also mentions the minor deity Qebehsenuf, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the deceased. The jar has been broken and reassembled; about three-quarters of the original remains. No lid is preserved, though one of the three excavated from Nuri pyramid VI may have belonged with this jar.

The text reads:
“Spoken by Qebehsenuef: ‘Osiris King Anlamani, True-of-Voice, may (I) be under your protection every day.’”


From Nuri, pyramid 7 (tomb of Karkamani). 1917: 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: 1923)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition