Canopic jar of Horemakhet

Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
664–332 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza


Height (jar): 22.7 cm (8 15/16 in.) Height (lid): 10.8 cm (4 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar and lid are part of a complete set (4). They are carved of yellow to white travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with generally horizontal white veining; the stone used for the lid is somewhat lighter than that of the jar. The sides of the jar are slightly convex with no formal shoulders and the widest part just above the middle. The lid takes the form of a jackal head, which customarily represents Duamutef, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. It’s facial features are not extensively modeled. The space between the ears has not been carved out, rather just blocked in the stone. On the front of the jar is an incised hieroglyphic text arranged in four columns within a rectangular register with divider lines. The signs were filled with black paint, of which significant traces remain. The jar’s interior contains the dried residue of unguents.

The text reads:
“Spoken by Neith: ‘I spend the morning and evening
every day protecting Duamutef, who is
in me. The one who protects the Osiris Horemakhet, True-of-Voice,
born of Hebedru, True-of-Voice, is Duamutef.’”

The whole set to which this jar belongs is comprised of object numbers 29.1133a-b to 29.1136a-b.


From Giza, G 7524 A. 1929: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: April 1, 1929)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition