Canopic jar of Tamaat

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 21.5 x 13.3 cm (8 3/8 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.595

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is carved of limestone with a very shallow interior of only 6.7 cm. depth (thus possibly a model/dummy canopic jar). The exterior is roughly polished. An original lid missing. Three columns of black painted hieroglyphic text are faintly visible, recording the owner’s name as “Lady of the House Ta-Maat”. The jar is intact.

Translation of the text:
Col. 1: Osiris …
Col. 2: The lady of the house Ta-maat, daughter of the prophet of Amun,
Col. 3: Djedbastetiuefankh, True-of-Voice.

Transliteration of the text:
Col. 1: Wsir …..
Col. 2: nbt pr Ta-mAat sAt Hm nTr Imn
Col. 3: Dd-Bastt-i(w).f-anx mAa xrw.

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