Canopic Jar and Lid (Depicting a Jackal)
Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
Canopic jars first appeared in the tomb of Hetepheres, the mother of Khufu, builder of the Great Pyramid. They were intended to hold the separately mummified internal organs. The middle-class examples of canopic jars, which first appeared seven hundred years later, are often dummies like these, never hollowed out to hold the organs, but still included in the tomb. Canopic jars demonstrate the development of a custom at a royal cemetery that was then adopted in a cheaper form by the middle class.
Dynasty 26 to Dynasty 26
11 9/16 (29.3 cm) high x 5 1/4 in. (13.4 cm) diameter (show scale)
Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
One limestone canopic jar (b) with stopper in the form of Duamutef, the jackal-headed god. The head is roughly modelled but in proportion to the jar. An inscription within a rectangular panel is incised upon front.
Condition: No trace of paint remains. Slight chipping here and there, but otherwise in excellent condition.
Found with 37.895E-.897E.
This item is not on view
Canopic Jar and Lid (Depicting a Jackal), 664-404 B.C.E. Limestone, 11 9/16 (29.3 cm) high x 5 1/4 in. (13.4 cm) diameter. Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.894Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 37.894Ea-b_front_PS1.jpg)
front, 37.894Ea-b_front_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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