Canopic jar lid (Duamutef)

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 14.6 x 15.2 cm (5 3/4 x 6 in.)

Accession Number

72.635

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

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 eye sockets are somewhat muted, though traces of black paint indicate eye details were applied. One ear has been broken, but mended, while the other is missing approximately the top quarter. Surfaces are well smoothed with overall good modeling. The lid is in good 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