Canopic jar lid

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


Height x diameter: 9 x 11 cm (3 9/16 x 4 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This limestone lid to a canopic jar has been shaped as a human head, likely representing Imsety, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. There are traces of facial details accented and and outlined in black paint. Surfaces are somewhat uneven surface. The right side and front of the head exhibit some chipping. The stone has also cracked on the front. The stone shows considerable discoloration.


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