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Canopic jar and lid of Queen Meresankh III

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This is one of four canopic jars, all of slightly different proportions, carved of white limestone. The bases range from narrow to wide, but all have straight sides that flare outward from the base to high, somewhat abrupt shoulders that turn in towards rolled rims. Each has been provided...

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From Giza, tomb G 7530 A, in debris of canopic pit. 1927: 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: 1927)

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Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition

Egyptian, Old Kingdom, Dynasty 4, reign of Menkaura, 2532–2510 B.C.


Giza, Egypt


Height: 26.5 cm (w / lid), Diameter: 15.5 cm; Height: 25.2 cm (w / lid), Diameter: 16.2 cm; Height: 25.6 cm, Diameter: 20.0 cm; Height: 26.0 cm (w / lid)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes