Canopic jar lid (Hapy)

Nubian
Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa
690–664 B.C.


Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), El Kurru, Pyramid III, Tomb of Queen Neupery

Dimensions

Height: 13.0 cm (5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

21.2796

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar lid is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) in the shape of a baboon head, which represent Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. The modeling is not especially detailed, rather it is somewhat muted. However, the surface shows some wear. There are no signs of applied painted decoration. It is in good condition.

Provenance

From El-Kurru, Pyr. III, Tomb of Neupery. 1919: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan; 1921: received by the MFA.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition