Curious Objects: Afterlife in Alabaster–A Canopic Jar from Charles Ede

Benjamin Miller and Michael Diaz-Griffith Curious Objects

Join us on a journey to ancient Egypt as we explore the quirky material history and dead-serious religious significance of a very curious object: a 2,500-year-old Imsety-headed canopic jar—i.e., a vessel made to hold a mummy’s liver. Charis Tyndall of UK antiquities dealer Charles Ede guest stars.

Egyptian alabaster jar for Henat, priest and scribe of the Temple of Ptah, Late Dynastic Period, c. 664–525 BC Height 12 ¾ inches. Courtesy of Charles Ede Ltd.

Charis Tyndall was first introduced to the ancient world at the age of nine when she began studying Latin. Immediately after graduating from Warwick University, Coventry, Tyndall began a career with world-renowned ancient art dealer Charles Ede, becoming gallery director in 2017. Tyndall currently exhibits with Charles Ede at the three TEFAF fairs in Maastricht and New York, the Winter Show in New York, and Masterpiece London. She is a member of the International Association of Dealers in Ancient Art and treasurer of the Antique Dealers’ Association.