Canopic jar lid

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


Height x diameter: 14 x 12.7 cm (5 1/2 x 5 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This limestone lid to a canopic jar takes the form of a human head, likely representing Imsety, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. Its features are fairly well modelled and delicate. Its condition is generally good but for considerable nicking on one side of the upper face and the lower rim of the wig, as well as a missing tip of the nose.


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