Canopic jar lid (Imsety)

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 11.1 x 13.3 cm (4 3/8 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.1563

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This is a lid to a canopic jar fashioned of pottery. It has been given the form fo a bell-shaped human head. Traces of paint remain: very small areas of light blue along the edges of the face with darker stripes of black variably preserved over the majority of the head. The face is painted gray to gray-brown, the eyes white, and the eyebrows (and other eye details) black. No traces of glaze are evident. Horizontal bands of black, red, and blue (now somewhat faint) likely depict a necklace/collar.

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