Canopic jar lid

Egyptian
New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 8.2 x 11.7 cm (3 1/4 x 4 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1569

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid for a canopic jar is fashioned of reddish-brown pottery and shaped as a human head. Traces of paint indicate a yellow painted face, blue false beard, and faint indications of dark stripes on the headdress. There are no indications of glaze. A small frament has been broken away from the front lower rim of the lid, which is otherwise in 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