Canopic jar

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 20.9 x 12.7 cm (8 1/4 x 5 in.)

Accession Number

72.597

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is carved of limestone with smoothed exterior surfaces. Traces of three columns of black painted hieroglyphic text remain, though very faint. There are three evident irregularities/chips in surface; otherwise the body is intact. No lid remains. The text referes to Qebehsenuef, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased.

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