Canopic jar lid

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 14.4 x 12.7 cm (5 11/16 x 5 in.)

Accession Number

72.622

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This limestone lid of a canopic jar is carved in the shape of human head, likely representing Imsety, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. Details have been accented in black paint. It is in somewhat battered, defaced condition with the upper facial area and lower extreme affected most drastically; the nose is partially missing. Traces of hieroglyphic text in black remain on the base.

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