Canopic jar lid

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 10.8 x 12 cm (4 1/4 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.615

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid of a canopic jar is carved of light-colored limestone. It is shaped as a human head, likely representing Imsety, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. Features are well modelled, but there are no indicatios of painted accentuation of details. There are chips under chin and ear.

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