Canopic chest of Hornedjitef


Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
Leiden, Netherlands

In the 30th Dynasty (380-343 BC), the four packages with embalmed entrails were no longer interred in vases or between the mummy’s legs, but placed in a small wooden chest in the form of a shrine or naos. These chapel-shaped canopic chests are also found in the subsequent age of the Ptolemies. The chest consists of a square base plate on which stand four painted side panels, which incline inward slightly and are bounded by a characteristic hollow cornice. A wooden figure of a falcon mummy has been attached to the lid, representing Sokar, the god of the dead. The owner of this chest was Hornedjitef, a priest of Amon. His grave lay along the road leading to Queen Hatshepsut’s temple of the dead, in Deir el-Bahari. Other burial gifts belonging to this person are now in the British Museum.


  • Title: Canopic chest of Hornedjitef
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: -0250/-0200
  • Location: Thebe, Egypte
  • Physical Dimensions: w28 x h58 x d28 cm
  • Datering: 250-200 BC, Grieks-Romeinse Periode ; Ptolemaeëntijd
  • Afmetingen: 58 x 28 x 28 cm
  • Type: canopic chest
  • External Link: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
  • Medium: wood

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