Canopic jar lid

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 14 x 13 cm (5 1/2 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.616

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid to a canopic jar is carved of fine-grained limestone. It takes the form of a human human head with well modelled features. It likely represents Imsety, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. There are no traces of painted accents or details. Some discolorations and slight incrustations are evident on the stone. Some chipping has affected the lower rim of the head’s hair/wig. Otherwise it is 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