Canopic jar

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 23.5 x 13.3 cm (9 1/4 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.581

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) with well smoothed exterior surfaces and a wide, deeply carved interior. Traces of a column of black painted hieroglyphs remain, reading “Duamutef,” one of the Four Sons of Horus (minor deities; protectors of the viscera of the deceased). The stone has discolored significantly.

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.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way