A fascinating early Middle Kingdom Canopic Jar Lid of the human headed Imsety; Guardian of the liver. C.2055 - 2650 BCE.
Canopic Jars were used by the Egyptians during the mummifcation process to store and preserve the viscera of their owner for the afterlife. The organs of the deceased were protected by the four sons of Horus, Imsety, Duamutef, Hapi and Qebehsenuef. The four sons of Horus were personifications of the four canopic jars, which accompanied mummified bodies. Canopic jars were made as early in Egyptian history as the Old Kingdom and continued all the way through until the Ptolemaic Period, where the Egyptians began to wrap the organs and place with the mummified body.
Size: 11.5cm x 8cm
Condition: Intact. Resin on the face.
Origin: Egypt, Middle Kingdom, C. 2055 -1650 BCE.
Ref: A similar example can be seen at Petrie Museum, Item no: UC 30103.
Provenance: Private Collection, Denmark, Hans Moller Hansen. Hansen acquired many stunning Egyptian antiquities during his visit to Egypt in the late 1920's. After his parting in 1958, many of the items in his collection was passed down to his daughter and then to her son. Many of the items in this collection have been treasured by the family for over 90 years. It is with great honour Pegasus Gallery Antiquities offers these for sale to the market.
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