Canopic jar lid (Hapy)

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 10.8 x 12.7 cm (4 1/4 x 5 in.)

Accession Number

72.630

Medium or Technique

Stone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This limestone lid to a canopic jar has been carved of light colored limestone and shaped as the head of a baboon (representing Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased). Surfaces are well smoothed with good modeling, though no ears have been modelled. Traces of applied black paint remains for accentuation of the eyes. Both the nose and lower rim of the lid have been chipped. Otherwise 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