Canopic jar

Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Height x diameter: 24.1 x 12.7 cm (9 1/2 x 5 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster). It has been shaped with a large, deeply carved interior. Traces of a vertical column of painted hieroglyphic text remain, listing the name “Qebehsenuef,” one of the Four Sons of Horus (minro deities; protectors of the viscera of the deceased). The rim of the jar has bene chipped.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way