38.00cm high ( 14.96 inches high)
Very good and fine carved head.
Description / Expertise
Fine Alabaster Canopic Jar, 26 Dynasty
Canopic jars were used by the Ancient Egyptians during the mummification process to store and preserve the viscera of their owner for the afterlife. They were commonly either carved from limestone or were made of pottery.These jars were used by Ancient Egyptians from the time of the Old Kingdom up until the time of the Late Period or the Ptolemaic Period, by which time the viscera were simply wrapped and placed with the body.The viscera were not kept in a single canopic jar: each jar was reserved for specific organs. The name "canopic" reflects the mistaken association by early Egyptologists with the Greek legend of Canopus.
Imseti, the human-headed god representing the south, whose jar contained the liver and was protected by the goddess Isis