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Canopic Jar of the Overseer of the Builders of Amun, Amenhotep

A work made of terracotta and pigment.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of terracotta and pigment.

Date:

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, reign of Amenhotep II (about 1427–1400 BCE)

Artist:

Egyptian

About this artwork

During the mummification process, the liver, lungs, stomach, and intestines were removed from the body, separately mummified, and stored in the tomb in four vessels, called Canopic jars. Each organ was placed under the protection of a deity whose head often appears on the stopper of each jar, however the head on this jar depicts the deceased man, named Amunhotep, for whom it was made. Amunhotep held an important civil job as an overseer of building contractors involved in the cult of Amon, the primary god of Thebes (modern-day Luxor in Egypt).

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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Culture

Ancient Egyptian

Title

Canopic Jar of the Overseer of the Builders of Amun, Amenhotep

Origin

Egypt

Date

Made 1427 BCE–1400 BCE

Medium

terracotta and pigment

Inscriptions

Words spoken by Nephthys: “I place my arms on that which is in me, I protect the Qebehsenuef which is in me [of] the Overseer of the Builders of Amun, Amenhotep, revered by Qebehsenuef.”

Dimensions

a (jar): 30.7 × 18.4 × 18.4 cm (12 1/8 × 7 1/4 × 7 1/4 in.) b (lid): 12.7 × 12.7 × 13.3 cm (5 × 5 × 5 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Henry H. Getty, Charles L. Hutchinson, and Norman W. Harris

Reference Number

1892.39a-b

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