Canopic jar lid in form of falcon head (Qebehsenuef) - ROM2016_15161_40


Canopic jar lid in form of falcon head (Qebehsenuef)

Medium:Limestone, carved
Geography: Undetermined site, Egypt
Date: c. 664-332 BC
Period: 26th-30th Dynasty, Late Period
14 x 12 cm
Object number: 976X152.2.2
Not on view

As 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 falcon-headed Qebehsenuef guarded the lower intestines.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 intestines of the deceased.

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