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Canopic jar lid

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

Findspot: Egypt, Thebes (Valley of the Kings), Tomb of Thutmose IV (KV43)


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

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On View

Egyptian New Kingdom Gallery (Gallery 210)


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This limestone canopic jar lid takes the form of a human head, representing Imsety, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. The jar to which this lid belongs (object 03.1130a) carries an inscription to the goddess Isis, who is associated directly with Imsety. Black painted details have been applied to the eyes and eyebrows.


From Thebes, Valley of the Kings, tomb of Thutmose IV (KV 43). 1902: excavated by Theodore M. Davis in the Valley of the Kings, directed by Howard Carter; assigned to Theodore M. Davis by the government of Egypt; 1903: given to the MFA by Theodore M. Davis.
(Accession Date: May 1, 1903)

Credit Line

Gift of Theodore M. Davis