About this object

Canopic jar of carved Egyptian alabaster (calcite/travertine). Inscribed with four columns of hieroglyphic text for a priest called Ahmose [Iah-mes], whose name likely means ‘the moon has given birth’.The inscription mentions the tutelary deity the falcon-headed Qebehsenuef who protected the intestines.

Ahmose’s canopic jars are some of the first Egyptian antiquities to be collected by European explorers. In 1719 his canopic jars were drawn by Bernard Montaucon (1655 - 1741) a French Benedictine monk and scholar who published them in his book, ‘L'antiquité expliquée et representée en figures’ (later translated into English ‘Antiquity Explained and Represented in Sculptures’). Each jar is inscribed for a priest called Ahmose, whose name means ‘the moon has given birth’. The two other jars from Ahmose’s set of four are now in the collections of the Louvre Museum in Paris and the Calvet Museum in Avignon.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Late Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    664 BC - 332 BC
  • Materials
    Egyptian Alabaster
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased by William Hesketh Lever
  • Collector
    Thomas Hope
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt: Memphite Necropolis
  • Date collected
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Measurements
  • Related people
    François Xavier Bon de Saint Hilaire (Previous owner); Thomas Hope (Collector); Dominique Vivant (Previous owner)

Where is this object from?

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  • 'Canopic Jars in the Lady Lever Art Gallery' in Orientalia 37

    Kemp, Barry J.

    Author: Kemp, Barry J.
    Date: 1968
    Description: pp. 63-74

  • Gifts of The Nile: Ancient Egyptian Arts and Crafts in Liverpool Museum

    Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela

    Author: Bienkowski, Piotr; Tooley, Angela
    Publisher: Her Majesty's Stationery Office
    Date: 1995
    Description: A 130 page illustrated book that focuses on the Egyptian antiquities in World Museum's collections to provide a colourful introduction to the land and its culture in the Pharaonic period. An appendix explains the history of the collection and includes information about the Lady Lever Art Gallery Egyptian collection, which is also part of National Museums Liverpool.

  • The Lever and Hope Sculptures

    Waywell, Geoffrey B.

    Author: Waywell, Geoffrey B.
    Publisher: Gebr. Mann Verlag
    Date: 1986
    Description: Thomas Hope's collection of ancient Roman marble sculptures acquired in Italy is regarded as one of the most important ever to have been formed in Britain. This catalogue, by Geoffrey Waywell, contains a detailed account of the Hope collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery, and also of the many Hope sculptures now in other collections. 163 black and white illustrations.


  • Christie's Auction House Sale 25 July - 27 July 1917

    Start date: 1917-07-25
    End date: 1917-07-25
    Description: Sale of the collection of Lord Francis Pelham Clinton Hope, 8th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne.


Previous owners

  • Dominique Vivant

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • François Xavier Bon de Saint Hilaire

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
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