Human-headed canopic jar lid

Egyptian
Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 12
1991–1783 B.C.


Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 13, shaft A

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 16.5 x 15.7 cm (6 1/2 x 6 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

21.498

Medium or Technique

Wood

On View

Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This object is a wooden canopic jar lid carved in the shape of a human head. It is covered in plaster and painted. The wig, beard and eyebrows are painted black. The face is yellow and the eyes white. The nose is missing. The face is somewhat damaged, most notably with large vertical gashes.

Provenance

From Deir el-Bersha, tomb 13, shaft A. May 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt. (Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition