• Any Questions? Call Us: +19014109533

The Ancient Egyptian Canopic Jars | Egypt History

The Ancient Egyptian Canopic Jars | Egypt History

The canopic jars were the containers used to hold the internal organs that were removed from the dead body before mummification and embalmed separately. During the Old Kingdom, when mummification was in its infancy, the jars that served this purpose were stone vessels with flat lids.It was not until the first intermediate period that the four jars each acquired a human-headed stopper. From this time, too, the packages of viscera placed inside them were sometimes decorated with human-faced masks. Then from the late eighteen dynasties onwards, the stoppers of the jars were each shaped like the head of one of the minor funerary deities known as the “four sons of Horus”.


These were the baboon-headed Hapy, the human-headed Imsety, the jacal-headed Duamutef, and the falcon-headed Qebehsenuef.

 

The Sons of Horus:

It was the job of these four deities to protect the internal organs of the deceased. These would have been removed from the body, embalmed, anointed and wrapped in linen ready to be placed in the jars for safe keeping, because the ancient Egyptians firmly believed that the deceased required his or her organs in order to be reborn into the Afterlife. Hapy guarded the lungs, Imsety the liver, Duamutef the stomach and upper intestines, and Qebhsenef the lower intestines.

 
The God Father Horus (Hor, Horos):

This sky god took the shape of a falcon with the sun and moon for eyes. Horus was the earliest royal god and one of the most important gods of Ancient Egypt since he wrote a double crown as both the god of the heavens and the divine embodiment of kingship. A protector god who attacked and destroyed evil, Horus was shown either as a falcon or as a man with the head of a falcon.
    Tailor-made Trip
    Call: +19014109533
    Why Choose Us
    • Travel Experience Since 1955

      Memphis Tours is one of the pioneers which have great impact on travel industry for more than 55 years of experience.

    • Personalized Travel Services

      Whatever your travel dreams, together we can custom-design the perfect itinerary with highly personalized services just for you

    • We Speak Your Language

      A multilingual website offers content in 8 different languages English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, Japanese and Chinese

    • Flexibility to Change

      We know how important it is for travellers to have the flexibility to change their itinerary due to some reasons or force majeure

    • Your Safety and Security

      A professional will accompany the guests to all of the places; they will never be left alone to fend for themselves

    • High Quality Service

      We do believe honestly that quality should come first and quantity would come later and our main objective focused on (Quality is our Top Priority)

    • Customer Service 24/7

      We offer Customer Support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone and email for questions about our tours and services

    • Support Sustainable Tourism

      We are attempting to make a low impact on the environment and local culture, while helping to generate future employment for local people

    • Secure Online Payment

      Our website is protected by the world′s most secure online payment system VeriSign Secure

    • Secure Website by MacAfee

      Memphis Tours website is a McAfee Secure site that helps keep you safe from identity theft, credit card fraud and spyware

    Book, Travel and Earn with Memphis Tours
    Memphis Rewards - Visit more places without expanding your budget!
    • Book with Memphis Tours
    • Travel with Memphis Tours
    • Earn with Memphis Tours