It is a canopic jar whose lid represents the head of Duamtef, the jackal. The canopic jars were the containers that were placed in the tomb and were used to contain the viscera of the deceased when he was mummified. It was a set of four jars whose lids represented the four sons of Horus: Kebeshenuef (falcon) for the intestines; Hapi (baboon) for the lungs; Amset (woman) for the liver; and Duamutef (jackal) for the stomach.
The ancient Egyptians believed in eternal life and death was considered the beginning of a new existence. The belief that the souls of the dead returned to the body led to the creation of a series of customs and rituals to preserve the body. The process began after death with embalming where the process of mummification took place. The body was cleaned and the internal organs were removed and preserved for burial with the deceased.
MEASUREMENTS: 37 cm / 6 kg
CONDITION: A crack in one of the ears; a piece of the ear is missing; worn-out muzzle.
PROVENANCE: Acquired in Spain in 2017 from J. Vico gallery.