Lid of a canopic jar (Hapy)

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 8.3 x 12 cm (3 1/4 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.1360

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This lidf for a canopic jar is carved of white limestone in the shape of baboon head (representing Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased). There are slight traces of facial details painted in black, including the eyes, ears, and nose. The neck/chest area also retains traces of black painted decoration, likely reprsenting either a necklace or perhaps a false beard. The area over the right eye is chipped, as is the lower rim of the lid. Otherwise the object is in good condition.

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