Canopic jar lid (Duamutef)
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
Height x diameter: 13.6 x 14.3 cm (5 3/8 x 5 5/8 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). Its snout is fairly short, and its ears somewhat narrow. Its eyes and ears have been detailed with black paint. Black painted hieroglyphic text also appears on the base. Surfaces are fairly well smoothed with good modeling. The tops of both ears have broken away and are missing. The lower rim of the lid is also missing a fragment.
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)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way