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This canopic jar of tall, fairly narrow proportions is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster). It has been broken and sizable fragments are missing. The remaining portion of the internal cavity is filled with hard plaster. It carries a crudely inscribed name in heiroglyphic text, which...

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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)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

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


Nubia (Sudan)


Height: 37 cm (14 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes