Canopic jar lid (Qebehsenuef)

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 12.4 x 10.8 cm (4 7/8 x 4 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.640

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 fine-grained white limestone and shaped as the head of a falcon (representing Qebehsenuef, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased). The eyes have been carved in slighly bugling relief with additional detailing applied in black paint. There is slightly chipping along the lower rim of the head. They eyes have been chipped as well, and the tip of the falcon’s beak has broken away and is missing.

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