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Canopic Jar - Hawk

664 BCE - 332 BCE
Late Period (664-332 BCE)
13 in. (33 cm)

Unknown, Egyptian
Egyptian

Object Type: Sculpture
Medium and Support: Stone
Credit Line: Loaned by the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Gift of James Douglas 1890, MMA 90.6.33
Accession Number: 5.1981L
Location: Currently on view
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During the process of mummification, the embalmer removed four major internal organs—the liver, lungs, stomach, and intestines. He mummified these organs separately and placed them in special containers called canopic jars. The lid of each jar represented one of a group of gods called “the Four Sons of Horus.”

The human-headed god Imsety guarded the liver. The baboon-headed god Hapi watched over the lungs. The jackal-headed god Duamutef was in charge of the stomach. The falcon-headed god Qebhsenuef protected the intestines.

[Gallery label text, 2009]

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