Canopic jar lid (Hapy)
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
Height x diameter: 10.8 x 12.7 cm (4 1/4 x 5 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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.
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