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This canopic jar has been carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) and inscribed with three columns of incised hieroglyphic text. No lid is included, though the excavator of this jar suggested that one in the shape of a baboon head, found nearby, was its partner (the baboon representing Hapy,...

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From Nuri, pyramid 3 (tomb of Senkamanisken). 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; 1923: received by the MFA. (Accession Date: 1923)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Senkamanisken, 643–623 B.C.


Nuri, Nubia (Sudan)


Height: 31.1 cm (12 1/4 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes