Canopic jar lid

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11–early Dynasty 12
2010–1961 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, shaft A (Djehutynakht)

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 12.1 x 7 cm (4 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

21.425

Medium or Technique

Cartonnage

On View

Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is made of cartonnage(plaster-soaked linen) is fashioned in the shape of a human head. Due to decay, a large portion of the face is missing; however, parts of the wig and the broad collar are still visible. The wig was originally painted blue but has faded to green; the collar is painted in blue, red, black, and yellow.

Provenance

From Deir el-Bersha, Pit 10A. 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition