Canopic jar lid

Accession Number
Current Location
House of Life (first floor), Woodwork case
Object Type
Tomb equipment, Canopic jar, Lid
Gesso | Wood
Height: 119mm | Width: 153mm | Depth: 166mm
Number of Elements
Divine Name
Hapy (son of Horus)

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A lid of a canopic jar with the head of a baboon, which represents the god Hapy. It is made of wood covered with painted gesso. Canopic jars were used to contain the viscera removed during mummification. Each of the Four Sons of Horus was responsible for protecting a different organ. From the Eighteenth Dynasty, canopic jars took the form of the god related to the organs contained therein. Hapy looked after the lungs. This example was 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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