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

A work made of ceramic and pigment.
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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

One of a set of four jars that belonged to Amenhotep, who oversaw architectural projects in the temple of Amun at Karnak (in present-day Luxor). Now empty, the jars once held Amenhotep’s liver, lungs, intestines, and stomach, which were removed during the mummification process. Each jar has a hand-sculpted stopper that may represent its owner or one of the four sons of Horus, a set of gods associated with these vital organs. An inscription in hieroglyphs on each container promises divine protection over its contents by a different goddess: Selket, Neith, Nephthys, or Isis.


On View, Gallery 50


Arts of Africa


Ancient Egyptian


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


Egypt (Object made in)

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1427 BCE–1400 BCE


Ceramic and pigment


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


a (jar): 31.7 × 19 × 18.4 cm (12 1/5 × 7 1/5 × 7 ¼ in.) b (lid): 12.7 × 13.3 × 14 cm (5 × 5 ¼ × 5 1/5 in.)

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

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