Dummy canopic jar

Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21–25
1075–656 B.C.


Height x diameter: 24.1 x 13.6 cm (9 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.)

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Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

During mummification, the lungs, liver, stomach and intestines were removed, mummified separately, and placed in containers known today as “canopic jars.” Following dynasty 20, this practice stopped, but dummy jars continued to be placed in tombs.This fine-grained dummy canopic jar has the human head of the god Imsety. An incised line indicates the division between the head and the body. The eyes and brows are painted black. A band of black hieroglyphs, naming the god, runs down the center of the body, and reads: Wsir ImsT. Translation: Osiris Imseth


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way