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An Egyptian Alabaster Canopic Jar of Princess Tasheretenaset, Daughter of King Amasis, 26th Dynasty, reign of Amasis, 570-526 B.C.

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  • An Egyptian Alabaster Canopic Jar of Princess Tasheretenaset, Daughter of King Amasis
  • Alabaster
  • Height 15 3/4 in. 40 cm.
the lid carved in the form of the head of the Son of Horus Qebusenuf, protector of the intestines, wearing a smooth wide wig, his falcon’s face with finely carved features, sharply hooked beak, and large round eyes with incised markings, the front engraved with four columns of inscriptions translating, "Word to be said by Selkis: 'to your Ka! I extend my protection by protecting Qebusenuf and what is inside. Protection of the Osiris, the daughter of the queen Tashenesi, to whom Tadiusir gave birth, is the protection of Qebusenuf, for it is the Osiris, the King's daughter Tasheretenaset, whom Qebusenuf protects"; traces of black pigment


Henry Hayez, Leeuw-Saint-Pierre, Belgium, acquired prior to 1968
Collection of Jacques and Galila Hollander, acquired from the widow of the above in 2003


Herman De Meulenaere, “La famille du roi Amasis,” in Journal of Egyptian Archaeology, vol. 54, 1968, p. 185, no. 8
Aidan Dodson and Dyan Hilton, The Complete Royal Families of Ancient Egypt, London, 2004, p. 247

Catalogue Note

The three other Canopic jars of Princess Tasheretenaset (a.k.a. Tashenesi) are each in a different European museum: Imsety is in the Hermitage, Saint Petersburg, inv. no. 808 (W. Golénischeff, Ermitage impérial. Inventaire de la collection impériale, Saint Petersburg, 1891, pp. 117-118), Duamutef in the Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden, inv. no. R.55 (P.A.A. Boeser, Beschrijving van de Egyptische Verzameling, vol. 13, La Haye, 1926, p. 8), and Hapy in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Queen’s College loan, no. 325. 

Herodotus (3.1) tells the story of how King Amasis incurred the wrath of Cambyses by pretending to send his own daughter to him as a bride. This spelled the end of Amasis's reign and the beginning of Persian domination over Egypt.

For a very similar example but uninscribed cf. Sotheby's, New York, December 7th, 1998, no. 44.