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Canopic jar

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This high-shouldered canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with a fairly narrow interior cavity. There are no indications of applied text. The stone shows some very small pits. Otherwise it is in perfect condition. A prominent white vein runs horizontally around the...

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From Deir el-Bersha, mastaba 2001, pit A. 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12, 1991–1783 B.C.




Height: 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes