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Carter No.: 266b

Handlist description: Alabaster (calcite) canopic box on sledge covered with linen sheet

Card/Transcription No.: 266b-09


The interior of the box is only partially hollowed out, actually to the depth of 12.5 cms., but sufficiently to imitate the appearance of four rectangular compartments containing each a jar-like receptacle which, in reality are but cylindrical hollows (13 cms. in diam., and 44 cms. deep) excavated in the stone. Unity of plan is here hidden under the mask of diversity - instead of a box containing four separate jars, we have a block of stone in which four cylindrical hollows have been made in the place of jars, and its superficial surfaces sculptured to give it the appearance of a box, of shrine-shape, containing four jars of a common type. Covering each of the four jar-like receptacles is a human-headed alabaster lid finely sculptured in the likeness of the king, wearing the nemes-headdress and the Nekhbet-Buto insignia upon the forehead. The two lids on the west side faced East, while the two on the east side faced West.

Card no. 266b-09 relating to Carter no. 266b
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