Canopic jar base (lid in form of baboon head, Hapy) - ROM2016_15146_42


Canopic jar base (lid in form of baboon head, Hapy)

Medium:Limestone, carved and smoothed
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 664-332 BC
Period: 26th-30th Dynasty, Late Period
20.5 x 12.2 cm
Object number: 910.19.5.A
Not on view
DescriptionAs part of mummification, the internal organs were removed from the deceased and stored separately in canopic jars. The lids of the jars were often shaped as the heads of four deities, known as the Four Sons of Horus, whose job it was to protect the internal organs until they can be used again in the Afterlife. The baboon-headed Hapy guarded the lungs. The Late Period date of this canopic jar is indicated by the simple carving and the fact that it is a dummy jar made for show, rather than for actually containing the lungs of the deceased.
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