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Jar Lid with Human Face

The absence of any trace of shoulders indicates that this limestone head was never part of a complete sculpture. It probably served as the lid of a canopic jar, a vessel containing a corpse's vital organs that were removed during mummification. The artist who carved this face followed the dominant style of mid-Dynasty 12, including full, fleshy cheeks, wide open eyes with a high, arcing upper lid, and an overall sense of serenity.


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