Canopic Jar and Lid (Depicting a Human)
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: 10 7/16 in. (26.5 cm) high x 4 1.2 in. (11.4 cm) diameter Measurements: h. 26.5 cm.; h. of lid 8.5 cm. (show scale)
- Collections:Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 37.896Ea-b
- Credit Line: Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
- Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
- Caption: Canopic Jar and Lid (Depicting a Human), 664-525 B.C.E. or later. Limestone, 10 7/16 in. (26.5 cm) high x 4 1.2 in. (11.4 cm) diameter. Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.896Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY
- Catalogue Description: One limestone canopic jar (b) with human-headed stopper (a). The face is crudely modeled: the eyes are long and tilted. Belonging to a man named Hor, the vessel is decorated with a four column inscription framed within a rectangular panel. Frame and text are incised. Condition: Some black paint remains on the pupils, otherwise all the rest of the coloring is lost. Quite a number of calcareous deposits are found on the jar (b). Found with 37.894E-95E and 37.897E.
- Record Completeness: Best (88%)