Canopic jar featuring portrait of Imseti

Made:
1400-700 BCE in Egypt
maker:
Unknown
Alabaster canopic jar with portrait of Imseti, Egyptian, 800 - 200 BC. Front three quarter view of whole object. Black Alabaster canopic jar with portrait of Imseti, Egyptian, 800 - 200 BC. Front detail view. Black background. Alabaster canopic jar with portrait of Imseti, Egyptian, 800 - 200 BC. Side (profile) detail view. Black background.

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Alabaster canopic jar with portrait of Imseti, Egyptian, 800 - 200 BC. Front three quarter view of whole object. Black
Science Museum Group Collection
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Alabaster canopic jar with portrait of Imseti, Egyptian, 800 - 200 BC. Front detail view. Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Alabaster canopic jar with portrait of Imseti, Egyptian, 800 - 200 BC. Side (profile) detail view. Black background.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Alabaster canopic jar with portrait of Imseti, also known as Mestha, on lid, Egyptian, 1400-700 BCE

Alabaster canopic jar with portrait of Imseti, also known as Mestha, on lid, Ancient Egyptian, 1400-700 BCE. During the preparation for mummification, the brains were removed through the nostrils, and then an incision was made in the side of the body and all the major organs removed and placed in canopic jars. Four organs would be removed each time and four jars used to protect them. They eventually came to represent the four sons of the god Horus and each had a head associated with the particular demi-god. The human headed jar (Imseti) carried the liver.

Details

Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A634862
Materials:
alabaster and complete
type:
canopic jar
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • container - receptacle
  • ceremonial container
credit:
Sotheby's