Canopic jar lid

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 13.2 x 11.7 cm (5 3/16 x 4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1364

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid to a canopic jar has been carved of fine-grained white limestone and shaped as a human head, likely representing Imsety, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. Surfaces have been very well smoothed, and there has been considerable attention to the modeling of the facial features. No traces of painted details remain. A small fragment has broken away from the right side of the neck, and the rims of the ears exhibit some small nicks. Otherwise the lid is in very good condition.

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