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Archeological Object

Canopic jar of Psammetikemakhet

Canopic jar of Psammetikemakhet

The jar, of excellent workmanship, tapers towards the base and has a rounded and accentuated shoulder. The stopper in the form of a human body depicts the genius Imset and pays great attention to detail: he wears a smooth wig that falls down over his forehead leaving his ears uncovered and has a ritual beard.
The accurate details in the workmanship of the face and the moderate volume of the wig are characteristic of the art of the Saitic Period. Probably inside the liver because the lid has a human face and in the inscription quotes Imset in association with the goddess Isis.

The hieroglyphic inscription on the front of the jar reads:

1.      Words said by Isis: greet with the protection of Osiris, the general

2.      Psammetikemakhet, son of the general Padihor,

3.      Protect Imset (...), protect Osiris, the general

4.      Psammetikemakhet, born to Taremetenneit

5.      He is Imset protecting the Imset who is in me,

6.      Osiris, the general, Psammetikemakhet

The inscription ends with the engraved image of Imset, depicted as a mummy with the head of a falcon.

From the same tomb implements comes another canopic jar 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) di Marseille. 

Further information
Identificazione (Label is not translated)
  Inventory number: inv. 182
Precedenti_localizzazioni (Label is not translated)
  Provenance: Unknown
  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: 41
  Varie: Conservation status Conservation status: good; chipping at the base of the lid.

1983, Donatelli L., “La raccolta egizia di Giuseppe Acerbi”, Mantova, p.115.