Canopic jar of Horemakhet

Late Period
664–332 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza


Height (jar): 23 cm (9 1/16 in.) Height (lid): 6.8 cm (2 11/16 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 sides of the jar are slightly convex, flaring slightly towards the top. There are no formal shoulders. The lid is shaped as the head of a falcon, which customarily represents Qebehsenuef, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. It’s facial features are not extensively modeled, but rather roughed out summarily 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 jar’s interior contains the dried residue of unguents.

The text reads:
“Spoken by Selket: ‘I fashion protection
every day, protecting Qebehsenuef, who
is herein. The one who protects the Osiris
Horemakhet, True-of-Voice, born of Hebedru,
True-of-Voice, is Qebehsenuef.’”

The whole set to which this jar belongs is comprised of objects 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