Ancient Egyptian Canopic burial jars, 2000 BC-100 AD.
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These burial urns are made from limestone and sculpted with a jackal's head (left) and a human head (right). Canopic jars, or vases, are urns used for holding the entrails of an embalmed body in an ancient Egyptian burial. The head on the left may represent Anubis, god of embalming and funeral rites, who was often portrayed as a jackal or dog.