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Canopic jar

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This canopic jar, carved of white limestone, has a wide base and slight, high shoulders. The interior cavity is fairly wide. A column of incised hieroglyphic text on the exterior reads: "Spoken: O Isis, your two arms hide that which is in you. Protect/protection." For the human-headed...

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From Thebes, Valley of the Kings, tomb of Thothmes IV (KV43). 1902: excavated by Theodore M. Davis in the Valley of the Kings; assigned to Theodore M. Davis by the government of Egypt; 1903: given to the MFA by Theodore M. Davis. (Accession Date: June 11, 1903)

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Gift of Theodore M. Davis

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Thutmose IV, 1400–1390 B.C.


Thebes (Valley of the Kings), Egypt


Height: 39 cm (15 3/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes