Canopic jar lid

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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid for a canopic jar is fashioned of reddish pottery in the shape of a human head. The figure ears a long false beard. The headdress is painted a dark gray with faint remnants of yellowish stripes, though the paint has flaked off in many ares to expose the reddish color of the underlying clay. The face in painted bright yellow. Extra modeling has been devoted to the hair/wig to emphasize front lappets, possibly intending to indicate a nemes-headdress.


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