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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.
MEDIUM Limestone
  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 664-525 B.C.E. or later
    DYNASTY XXVI Dynasty (or later)
    PERIOD Late Period
    DIMENSIONS 11 9/16 (29.3 cm) height x 5 1/4 in. (13.4 cm) diameter  (show scale)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.894Ea-b
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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    CAPTION Canopic Jar and Lid (Depicting a Jackal), 664-525 B.C.E. or later. Limestone, 11 9/16 (29.3 cm) height x 5 1/4 in. (13.4 cm) diameter. Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.894Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE front, 37.894Ea-b_front_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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