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This canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with roughly eveninly distributed veins. Virtually straight sides flare outward from a fairly narrow base to wide, bulging shoulders that curve gradually to a narrow aperture. No traces of applied text are evident. The interior...

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From Deir el-Bersha. 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 11–13, 2061–1640 B.C.




Height: 23.7 cm (9 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes