Dummy canopic jar (Hapy)

Napatan Period, reign of Shebitka
698–690 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), El-Kurru, Pyramid XVIII (Shebitka)


Height: 25 cm (9 13/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This dummy (completely solid) canopic jar is carved of limestone in the shape of a small, narrow jar with slightly convex sides that culminated in false lid. The lid is shaped as a baboon head, the entire front portion of which has broken off, but has been mended. The head represents Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. The carving is not of especially high quality.


From el-Kurru, pyramid 18 (tomb of Shebitka). March 1919: 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: January 21, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition