Canopic jar with falcon-headed lid and hieroglyphic inscription.
Egyptian, Late Period, 26th-30th Dynasty. The jar belonged to the woman Tas-nakht, 650 BC-350 BC
The jar still contains the embalmed parts
Alabaster. 35,4 cm
Inventory number: H388
Among the more distinctive objects in Thorvaldsen’s collection are the so-called canopic jars. During the embalming of the deceased the entrails and sometimes also the brain were removed from the body. Lungs, stomach, liver and intestines, like the casing of the body, were dried and embalmed to pass over into the Kingdom of the Dead. To each mummy belonged a set of four canopic jars that contained these organs. As protection on the journey to the Underworld, the lids of the jars were typically formed as the heads of the four grave gods: Amset with a human head, Hapi with a baboon’s head, Kebek-senu-ef with a falcon’s head, and Dua-mut-ef with a jackal’s head. This jar, which still contains traces of the embalmed organs, is furnished with a falcon’s head and bears a hieroglyphic inscription stating the name of the deceased.