Canopic jar

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 21.3 x 14.3 cm (8 3/8 x 5 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.611

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is carved of yellowish limestone with substantial presence of small pockmarks across much of its exterior surfaces. Its interior has deep chisel marks from manufacture, though the exterior has been reasonably well smoothed. A single column of well carved hieroglyphic text incised onthe body, read: “Spoken by Isis: I destroy the opponent and protect the power(?) of Imsety who is in [me].” Imsety is one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. No lid remains.

For another jar likely from the same set see: 72.612.

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