Dummy canopic jar (Qebehsenuef)

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

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


Height: 26.0 cm (10 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This dummy (completely solid) canopic jar is carved of white limestone that now shows some discoloring over many areas. It has been given the shape of a narrow jar with slighly confex sides. The top takes the form of a falcon head, representing Qebehsenuef, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. The tip of the falcon’s beak has broken away and is missing, and the object shows several cracks and chips.


From El-Kurru, pyramid 18 (tomb of Shebitka). 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; 1921: received by the MFA.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition