Canopic jar lid

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


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

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


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.


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