Canopic jar lid

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 8.2 x 11.1 cm (3 1/4 x 4 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1582

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid to a canopic jar is made of buff-colored pottery in the form of a human head, likely representing one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. The figure wears a false beard. No traces of paint have preserved. It is in slightly battered 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