Lid of a canopic jar (Hapy)

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 10.8 x 13.1 cm (4 1/4 x 5 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

72.1361

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid of a canopic jar is carved of fine-grained white limestone in the shape of a baboon head (representing Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased). Its eyes are outlined in black paint. Surfaces have been well smoothed. The tip of its nose has broken away and is missing. Hieroglyphic text, also painted in black, appear on the lid’s base. The lower rim has been chipped in several areas, but otherwise the object is in very 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