Ancient Egyptian Canopic burial jar, 800-200 BC.

Image number: 10284164

Ancient Egyptian Canopic burial jar, 800-200 BC.

An alabaster Canopic jar with a portrait of Mestha on the lid, found in Sakarrah, Egypt. Canopic jars were burial urns which were used to hold the entrails of bodies embalmed for burial. Mestha was the god of large intestines of the deceased.

Image number:
10284164
Credit:
Science Museum/Science & Society Picture Library
Date taken:
12 January 2004 15:36
Image rights:
Science Museum