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Canopic jar lid

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This lid for a canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) in the shape of a falcon head, representing Qebhsenuef, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. Traces of red coloring remain around the eyes, blue coloring in the incised lines of the...

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Provenance

From Nuri, pyramid 36 (tomb of Queen Atakhibaskan). 1917: 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: March 1, 1920)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period / Late Period, reign of Taharqa o, 690–650 B.C.

Findspot

Nubia (Sudan)

Dimensions

Height: 12 cm (4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

20.1064

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes