Human Remains; Canopic Jar Contents

LL 5134b


Contents of Canopic Jar of Ahmose [LL 5134a]. Remains of layers of linen bandages once wrapped around the contents of a canopic jar, perhaps a wrapped internal organ. Besides the bandages is a brown powder and small lumps of a hard black shiny substance (resin?). The powder is degraded linen and may also contain human remains. Purchased at Sotheby's 23-24 July 1917 (Hope sale) Lot 172/4: "FOUR CANOPIC JARS IN ALABASTER, comprising Mestha, the man-headed - 17 in. high ; Hapi, the ape-headed - 14 in. high ; Qebhsennuf, the hawk-headed - 13 in. high ; and Tuamutef, the jackal-headed - 15 in. high. All the vases, with the exception of the first, fully inscribed - a remarkable set of the highest importance [PLATE IV.]".