Canopic jar and lid inscribed for Nitocris
Late Period, Dynasty 26–30
Set range: Height: 31-43 cm (12 3/16-16 15/16 in.); Diameter: 13-16 cm. (5 1/8-6 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Out on Loan
On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – June 30, 2018
This canopic jar and lid in the shape of human head are carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster). The head likely represents one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. The jar is inscribed with columns of hieroglyphic text for a woman named Nitocris. It is part of a set of four (with 72.582a-b, 72.583a-b, and 72.585a-b), two of which contain portions of original contents.
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)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way