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This canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster), showing tall and narrow porportions with a fairly small base, vaguely convex sides, and almost no shoulders. It is broken and mended, but nearly complete. Crudely inscribed incised hieroglyphs are carried on the exterior and spell...

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From El-Kurru, Nubia (Sudan), pyramid 4 (tomb of Queen Khensa). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Sudan. (Accession Date: January 1, 1921)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Piye (Piankhy)–Taharqa, 743–664 B.C.


Nubia (Sudan)


Height: 45 cm (17 11/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes