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The schematic features representative of the God Qebhsenuef
Late Dynastic Period / 730 – 332BC
Size: 13cm high, 10.5cm dia. - 5 ins high, 4 ins dia.
Ex Private collection Julian Bird, UK
Canopic jars were stone, ceramic or wood vessels used for the burial of the viscera removed during mummification. Specific elements of the viscera were placed under the protection of four anthropomorphic genii known as the sons of Horus, who were themselves protected by tutelary deities guarding the four cardinal points. The falcon headed Qebhsenuef who was linked with Serket and the West, looked after the intestines.