Canopic jar lid

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 12 x 11.4 cm (4 3/4 x 4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

72.618

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This limestone lid to a canopic jar is shaped as a human head with generally rounded proportions. The figure likely represents Imsety, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. Its tripartite wig is modelled as though tightly pulled back behind the ears. Traces of black paint add detail to the eyes. Edges of the lid are nicked on proper left side, and several small frgamtns have also been chipped from the lower rim of the wig. Otherwise the lid 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