An Egyptian limestone canopic lid for Qebehsenuef, New Kingdom, Dynasty XVIII-XIX, ca 1550-1069 BC
A stunning canopic jar lid in the form of the falcon-headed god Qebehsenuef, one of the four sons of Horus. Central to the religious beliefs of the ancient Egyptians was the desire to preserve the body for all eternity. To this end, during the process of mummification, the major internal organs of the body, including the lungs, liver, stomach, and intestines were removed and embalmed separately and stored in canopic jars. Each canopic lid was given the heads of the four sons of Horus who protected the internal organs. Qubehsenuef, represented as a falcon and presided over the intestines.
Condition: A piece missing from the back of the lid and part of the bottom rim is chipped away, but otherwise in overall excellent condition.
Dimensions: Height: 3 1/4 inches (8 cm)
Provenance: Private Swiss collection, acquired in the 1960's and then by descent, legally imported into the USA in 2016.