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Canopic chest

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
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 to Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 20 1/16 x 8 11/16 x 9 7/16 in. (51 x 22 x 24 cm)  (show scale)
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    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
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