About this object

From around 1069 - 664 BC, canopic jars were no longer used to store mummified organs which were now returned to the body. But canopic jars had become such essential items for the tomb that dummy jars were used instead. Unlike real canopic jars, many dummies were carved out of a single block of stone and not hollowed out, such as this example showing one of the Four Sons of Horus, the human-headed deity, Imsety, who protected the liver. His name is inscribed in a vertical column of hieroglyphs with border, all in thick black paint.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date made
    1069 BC - 664 BC
  • Materials
    Paint; Limestone
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, Ancient Egypt Gallery
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry Solomon Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Africa: Northern Africa: Egypt
  • Date collected
    20th Century early
  • Measurements
    230 mm x 120 mm
  • Note
    Ex Sir Henry Wellcome collection (excavation unrecorded); for dating compare with examples excavated by James Quibell at the Ramesseum within a Dynasty 22 context: J. E. Quibell, 'The Ramesseum' (London, 1898), p.11, pl. XX.
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