Canopic jar

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 19–20
1295–1070 B.C.


Dimensions

Height (lid): 7.7cm (3 1/16in.) Height x width (jar body only): 22.5 x 15.9cm (8 7/8 x 6 1/4in.)

Accession Number

48.1288a-b

Medium or Technique

Faience

On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar and lid are both made of blue to blue-green faience. The lid is shaped as the head of a baboon, representing Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. On the front of the jar is a rectangular panel depicting a scene, painted in black. In the scene the jar’s owner (i.e. the deceased) worships the seated god Osiris. The arms of the deceased are raised in a posture of adoration. An offering table is between the two figures, supporting a pot and a lotus. On the shoulder of the jar a design of lotus petals radiates from the jar’s mouth. Line details of the facial features and wig of the lid head are also painted in black. This jar and lid are parts of a set comprised of objects 48.1286-48.1289.

Provenance

By date unknown: with Dikran G. Kelekian (1868-1951); by 1948: Mrs. J.D. Cameron Bradley collection, Southboro, MA; 1948: given to the MFA by Mrs. J. D. Cameron Bradley.
(Accession Date: November 16, 1948)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. J. D. Cameron Bradley in memory of her mother, Mrs. J. Montgomery Sears