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 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 hawk-headed deity, Qebehsenuef, who protected the intestines. His name is inscribed in a vertical column of hieroglyphs with border, all in thick black paint.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
    Third Intermediate Period
  • Artist/Maker
  • 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
    300 mm x 115 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.
  • Related people
    Wellcome Historical Medical Museum ( Previous owner); Henry Solomon Wellcome ( Collector, previous owner)

Explore related


  • Egyptian Treasures in Europe volume 4: National Museums & Galleries on Merseyside, Liverpool

    Andrea Davies; Dirk van der Plas (ed)

    Author: Andrea Davies; Dirk van der Plas (ed)
    Publisher: Utrecht University
    Date: 2001
    Description: CD ROM with 1500 objects from World Museum's Egyptian collection, including some destroyed in World War Two. This is now available online: http://www.globalegyptianmuseum.org/default.aspx


Previous owners

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