Lid from a canopic jar of Imsety



Accession Number
EC390
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Canopic jar, Lid
Material
Stone/minerals (Sandstone)
Measurements
Height: 114mm | Diameter 135mm
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Egyptian
Divine Name
Imsety

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Description

Carved sandstone canopic jar lid, Imsety. 11cm high. Canopic jars were the four jars used for containing the internal organs of the deceased. Imsety has a human head. The lack of beard on early canopic jars suggests he may have been female. Imsety protected the liver. Purchased by Wellcome from the Macgregor collection in 1922.

Bibliography

Anonymous. 1996. The face of Egypt: Swansea Festival exhibition: 5 October 1996–5 January 1997. Swansea: Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. [Cat. 146] For further reading see Dodson, A. 1994. 'The canopic equipment of the kings of Egypt'. Kegan paul International. London and New York and Reisner, G. 1967. 'Canopics'. Cairo.