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Human-headed canopic jar lid

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This lid for a canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) in the shape of a human head, likely representing Imsety, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. The face shows delicate modeling of the features, though it is now in slightly battered...

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From Nubia (Sudan) el-Kurru, Pyramid 4 (Queen Khensa). March 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 the Sudan. (Accession Date: January 1, 1921)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Nubian, Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa, 690–664 B.C.


Nubia (Sudan)


Height x diameter: 17.8 x 16 cm (7 x 6 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes