1070-712 B.C.; Egyptian, Dynasty 21-22; Limestone; height
48.3 cm (17 1/2-19 in.); Founders Society Purchase,
Bernard and Theresa Shulman Foundation; 70.619-.622
Canopic jars were jars placed in the tombs with the mummies in ancient Egypt. They were stored in a four chambered chest that was later placed in the tomb with the mummy. The jars were normally placed together, but they were placed separately from the body. They would usually represent the four sons of the god Horus.
There are many different canopic jars. They were Hapy, which held the lungs; Duamutef, which held the stomach; Setty, which held the liver, and Qebhsenuef, which held the intestines.
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