Date Made/Found: 1550-1069 BC
Material and Medium: Ceramic, paint
Dimensions: 109 x 119 mm (4 5/16 x 4 11/16in.)
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Accession Number: J1939.54
This object is a lid from an ancient Egyptian canopic jar. These jars were used to hold embalmed internal organs. The liver, lungs, intestines and stomach were removed from the body during the process of mummification and were preserved. Sometimes they were put back inside the body but usually they were stored in separate canopic jars. The jars were placed in the tomb, alongside the body in its coffin.
All four canopic jars had human-headed lids until around 1250 BC. After this time, each lid featured one of the four Sons of Horus – Imsety, Hapy, Qebehsenuef and Duamutef. Human heads represented Imsety who guarded the liver.
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