Canopic jar lid (Hapy)

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 13.3 x 12 cm (5 1/4 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.631

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 white 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). Features include a narrow, protruding snout and sharply modelled musculature. Black painted details and incised outlining accent the eyes, and the ears have been painted on in black as well. Surfaces are well smoothed. A fragment has broken away from the lower front portion of the lid. Otherwise it 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.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way