Canopic jar lid

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 9.5 x 12.7 cm (3 3/4 x 5 in.)

Accession Number

72.1580

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid for a canopic jar is made of buff-colored pottery and shaped as a human head. The lid appears to have been treated with dark brown to brownish-red wash with several traces of blue-gray paint on the hair/wig and both white and drab yellow on the face. No traces of glaze are evident.

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