User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Canopic jar

Start collecting

This is a canopic jar carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with tall, narrow proporations, a small base, and slightly convex sides. It has been broken and mended and is missing a portion of the rim. This jar is similar to object 21.2800.

Provenance

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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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

Findspot

Nubia (Sudan)

Accession Number

21.2809

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes