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Archeological Object

Canopic jar of Psammetikemakhet


Canopic jar of Psammetikemakhet

The vase has a slightly oval shape with a slightly developed shoulder . The stopper, although pertinent, does not fit exactly with the mouth of the jar probably due to a manufacturing fault. The falcon headed lid was carried out with meticulous attention to detail of particulars, as is typical of the Saitic Period. On the front of the jar are engraved six columns of text inserted into a panel and separated by incised lines. The text reads:
1. "Words said by Serket to your ka: go and protect every day near Qebehsenuf,
2.    protect what is in you. Protection for Osiris,
3.    the general Psammetikemakhet justified, born to
4.    Taremetenneit justified. Protect Qebehsenuf what is in you.
5.    Protect the general Psammetikemakhet justified, son of the general
6.    Padihor justified. Protect Qebehsenuf".
At the end of inscription the representation of Qebehsenuf is engraved with the head of a falcon and mummiform. The engraved hieroglyphics show traces of red.
The lid of the jar is relevant as shown by the coincidence between the falcon represented on the cover and the name of  Qebehsenuf in the inscription, so the jar must have contained the intestines of the deceased. 
Another canopic jar from the same funerary equipment is preserved in the collection of Mantova (No cat. 182) and the canopic jar No 305 of the Clot-Bey collection, in the Musée d’Archéologie Méditerranéenne (Borely) of Marseille. 

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: inv. 182
Precedenti_localizzazioni (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Unknown
Object
  Definizione: Canopic jar
  Class and ware: Funerary furnishings
  Title or subject:

Canopic jar of Psammetikemakhet

Cronologia (Label is not translated)
  Period: Saitic period - XXVI Dynasty
Dati_tecnici (Label is not translated)
  Material: Alabaster
  Height: 48
  Varie: Conservation status Good, no organic traces or bitumen inside.
Bibliography
  Bibliography:

1983, Donatelli L., “La raccolta egizia di Giuseppe Acerbi”, Mantova, pp.114-115.