Canopic jar

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 21.3 x 14.6 cm (8 3/8 x 5 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.612

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, which are badly nicked. The interior has deep chisel marks from manufacture. A single column of hieroglyphic text incised on the body reads: “Spoken by Nieth: I spend the morning and evening every day providing(?) protection for Duamutef who is in ” (Dd n Nit sdwA m aSrw dwA ra-nb sxm mk n dwA-mwt.f nty im(.i)). Duamutef is one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. No lid remains.

For another jar likely from this set see: 72.611.

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