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Dummy canopic jar

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During mummification, the lungs, liver, stomach and intestines were removed, mummified separately, and placed in containers known today as "canopic jars." Following dynasty 20, this practice stopped, but dumy jars continued to be placed in tombs.This fine-grained dummy canopic jar has the human...

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By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession Date: June 28, 1872)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period, Dynasty 21–25, 1075–656 B.C.


Height x diameter: 24.1 x 13.6 cm (9 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes