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Canopic Jar with Lid of the Royal Scribe and Chief Lector Priest, Thenry

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

On View: Egypt Reborn: Art for Eternity, Temples and Tombs, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Gallery, 3rd Floor
Priests separately mummified the stomach, liver, lungs, and intestines, to be placed in jars, in the most expensive method of mummification described by Herodotus. The practice of removing the organs and packing them separately declined in the Middle Kingdom and later, yet Egyptians still included canopic jars in burials. And while the covers of Middle Kingdom canopic jars all have human heads, by the New Kingdom the jars of the royal scribe of Ramesses II, named Tjuli, had human, baboon, jackal, and falcon heads.
MEDIUM Alabaster
  • Place Made: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES ca. 1279-1213 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY XIX Dynasty
    PERIOD New Kingdom
    DIMENSIONS 18 1/2 x Diam. 6 11/16 in. (47 x 17 cm)  (show scale)
    ACCESSION NUMBER 48.30.4a-b
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Canopic Jar with Lid of the Royal Scribe and Chief Lector Priest, Thenry, ca. 1279-1213 B.C.E. Alabaster, 18 1/2 x Diam. 6 11/16 in. (47 x 17 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 48.30.4a-b. Creative Commons-BY
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