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Canopic jar lid

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This lid for a canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with highly polished top surface. It is of oval/domed shape. The outer edges exhibit some chipping. This lid may fit object 21.449 or 21.450.


From Deir el-Bersha. 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11–14, 2061–1640 B.C.


Deir el-Bersha, Egypt


Depth: 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes