Canopic jar lid (Duamutef)
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
Height x diameter: 11.4 x 13.3 cm (4 1/2 x 5 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
This lid to a canopic jar has been carved of fine-grained white limestone and shaped as the head of a jackal (representing Duamutef, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased) with very prominent ears. Its eyes have been accented with black paint. Surfaces are well smoothed with good modeling. Some slight chipping has affected the ears, and some larger chips have broken away from the lower front portion of the lid. Some very small incrustations appear on some surfaces of the stone.
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.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way