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EP1301

An inscribed Egyptian Canopic Base, 18th Dynasty, ca 1550-1295 BC

fashioned from fine Nile silt clay, vessel stands on a small, flat base tapering outward to a wide rounded shoulder under a wide mouth. The exterior is coated with a thin red iron-oxide wash that was burnished to a lustrous finish, probably by using a pebble, the front  with discernible offering formula text applied in black pigment.

Canopic jars were used to encase the organs taken from the mummified dead, they were then buried with the body to ensure the soul would be complete in the afterlife.

Condition:  The burnished red surface of the vessel exhibits a fine craquelure where preserved, with losses relating to erosion or soluble salt efflorescence.   Intact and in good condition overall.

Dimensions: Height: 8.9 inches (22.5 cm) Width (at widest area): 6.1 inches (15.5 cm) 

Provenance:  Private Californian collection, acquired in the 1960's and then by descent.

 

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