Canopic jar lid

Accession Number
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Canopic jar, Lid
Gesso | Wood
Height: 105mm | Width: 135mm | Depth: 127mm
Number of Elements
Divine Name

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Wooden lid of canopic jar with the head of a man, which suggests that it depicts Imsety. The wood is covered with a layer of gesso, which has fallen off in places. Canopic jars were the four jars used for containing the internal organs of the deceased. Imsety has a human head, although sometimes all jar lids had human heads. The lack of beard on early canopic jars suggests he may have been female. Imsety was responsible for protecting the liver. Purchased by Wellcome at auction in 1906 from the collection of Robert de Rustafjaell.


Dodson, Aidan 1994. The canopic equipment of the kings of Egypt. Studies in Egyptology. London; New York: Kegan Paul International. Reisner, George Andrew 1967. Canopics: nos 4001-4740 and 4977-5033. Catalogue général des antiquités égyptiennes du Musée du Caire. Le Caire: Institut français d'archéologie orientale.

Last modified: 04 Dec 2021

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