A canopic chest could be used to hold the jars for mummified internal organs. On the lid is the falcon-shaped god Sokar, a form of the sun-god sometimes combined with Osiris, god of the dead. The sides of the chest represent the starry sky, at the top; then a winged sun-disk crossing the sky; and the protective Sons of Horus positioned in a temple-like façade. Below the temple are hieroglyphs that repeat the phrases “all life and dominion” and “life and endurance,” both associated with Isis and Osiris.
- Medium: Wood, painted
- Reportedly From: Saqqara, Egypt
- Dates: ca. 380-30 B.C.E.
- Dynasty: XXVI Dynasty (or later)
- Period: Late Period-Ptolemaic Period
- Dimensions: 20 1/16 x 8 11/16 x 9 7/16 in. (51 x 22 x 24 cm) (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
- Accession Number: 37.1390E
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Canopic chest, ca. 380-30 B.C.E. Wood, painted, 20 1/16 x 8 11/16 x 9 7/16 in. (51 x 22 x 24 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1390E. Creative Commons-BY
- Record Completeness: Best (82%)