Canopic jar lid (Hapy)

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 13.6 x 12 cm (5 3/8 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.625

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This limestone lid to a canopic jar has been shaped as the head of a baboon (representing Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased). Features include a narrow, protruding snout and semi-circular eyes. Surfaces are well smoothed with good modeling. No traces of applied color remain, though the stone itself shows some discoloration. There is a slight presence of some incrustations as well. The lid is in generally 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