Canopic jar of Qebehsenuef



Accession Number
W498
Current Location
House of Death (ground floor), Mummification case
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Canopic jar, Lid
Period
Late Period
Dynasty
Twenty-sixth Dynasty
Nekau to Ahmose III
Material
Stone/minerals (Travertine (Egyptian alabaster))
Provenance
Egypt, Saqqara
Measurements
Height: 493mm | Diameter: 208mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian
Divine Name
Qebehsenuef

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Description

A travertine canopic jar with an inscription for Qebehsenuef on the jar, and the form of Imsety depicted on the lid. It dates to the very last period during which canopic jars were used, the Twenty-sixth Dynasty. It was purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1928. It is possible that the head and base did not originally belong together. The inscription, which is in two columns on the jar, reads "Utterance of Selqet, protection for him who is in me, Qebehsenuef. The God's Father, Psamtek, son of Iahweben". Since the head of the jar shows Imsety, not Qebehsenuef, the wrong two pieces may have been put together, perhaps to sell to a collector. However, in the Late Period it was common for the full set of jars to have human heads. The title ‘God's Father’ indicates that Psamtek was a priest. This item was purchased by Wellcome at Sotheby’s in 1928 from the Tabor collection.

Bibliography

Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 142]

3D Model

Inscription

ḏd-mdw <i͗n> srḳt sꜣ<.i͗> i͗myt ḳbh-snw.f i͗t-nṯr psmṯk i͗r-n i͗ꜥḥ-wbn Words spoken <by> Serqet: <I> protect Qebehsenuef who is within. The God's Father Psamtek, made by Iahweben.

Language
Egyptian
Script
Hieroglyphic
Personal Names
Iahweben (i͗ꜥḥ-wbn) | Psamtik (psmṯk)
Last modified: 18 Jan 2023

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