Canopic jar

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


Dimensions

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

Accession Number

72.578

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

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.

Provenance

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