Fragment of a canopic chest



Accession Number
EC385
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Canopic box/lid panel
Period
Late Period
Dynasty
Twenty-sixth Dynasty
Material
Wood
Provenance
Egypt, Thebes/Luxor
Measurements
Length: 250mm
Number of Elements
1
Divine Name
Nephthys

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Description

A fragment of a canopic chest of painted wood, with six columns of hieroglyphs. It dates to the Twenty-sixth Dynasty, and is from Thebes. The alternating yellow and white columns are characteristic of the Late Twenty-fifth to early Twenty-sixth Dynasty (680-600BCE). The inscription begins 'Words spoken by Nephthys...' Canopic chests went out of fashion after the New Kingdom but became popular again at this time. More complete examples show that each of the four sides has a depiction and inscription relating to one of the four protective goddesses (Isis, Selket, Neith and Nephthys). By the Twenty-fifth Dynasty, similar chests contained items other than canopic jars, e.g. shabtis, fruit or potsherds.

Bibliography

D. A. Aston 'Canopic Chests from the Twenty-first Dynasty to the Ptolemaic Period' in Ägypten und Levante / Egypt and the Levant. Vol. 10 (2000), pp. 159-178. Ouda, AM.M. 2012. The Canopic Box of Ns-aA-RWD (BM EA 8539) 'The Journal of Egyptian Archaeology '98 (2012) 127-38.

Language
Egyptian
Script
Hieroglyphic
Last modified: 28 Aug 2021

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