Dummy Canopic Jar card

Courtesy of National Museums Liverpool, World Museum

Dummy Canopic Jar


On display


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 models of jars were used instead - now sometimes called 'dummy' canopic jars. Unlike real canopic jars, many of these models 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. 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.