Canopic jar lid

Napatan Period / Late Period, reign of Taharqa o
690–650 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), Nuri, Pyramid XXXVI (Tomb of Queen Atakhibaskan)


Height: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid for a canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) in the shape of a falcon head, representing Qebhsenuef, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. Traces of red coloring remain around the eyes, blue coloring in the incised lines of the hair/wig. It is in worn condition, likely from exposure (wind-blown sand abrasion, etc.) Otherwise it is in very good condition.


From Nuri, pyramid 36 (tomb of Queen Atakhibaskan). 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: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition