The system of preserving the corpses by means of mummification, an essential rite in Egyptian funeral practices, required the removal of the viscera from the body, which, duly dehydrated with natron, were deposited in containers in the form of cups, called Canopy Cups. From the Old Empire, they were already buried with these containers, which were closed by means of covers, at first they were simple covers, in the Middle Kingdom they acquired human head shapes. From the 18th Dynasty, the 4 Sons of Horus, funerary deities in charge of protecting the viscera, with those of the heads of a man (Amset, guards the liver), a baboon (Hapy, the lungs), a jackal ( Daumutef, preserves the stomach) and a hawk (Qebehsenuf, contains the intestines).
Surely, this cover would correspond to a set of four human heads, due to the appearance on the antiques market of another head identical to this one.
Condition Report: Good condition.
Provenance: Bought at B.B. French Auction house from French private collection acquired during the 1970's - 1980's.
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- Antiguo Egipto
- Piedra y madera (tapón)
- Número de objetos
- Jarra Canopic
- 21×7.5×8 cm
- Siglo / marco temporal
- Late Period, 664 - 323 BC
- Buen estado, ver foto