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

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

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  • A work made of ceramic and pigment.


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



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 Amenhotep, for whom it was made. Amenhotep held an important civil job as an overseer of building contractors involved in the cult of Amun, the primary god of Thebes (modern-day Luxor in Egypt).


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Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


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




Made 1427 BCE–1400 BCE


Ceramic and pigment


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.”


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.)

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

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