Canopic jar lid

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 10.1 x 15.2 cm (4 x 6 in.)

Accession Number

72.623

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 white limestone and shaped as a human head, likely representing Imsety, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. Surfaces are somewhat uneven. The figure’s tripartite wig has been given especially rounded proportions. Facial details have been accented with black paint, as have some line patterns below the chin. The nose is chipped. It is in fair 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