Lid of a canopic jar (Qebehsenuef)

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 12 x 12.1 cm (4 3/4 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.1359

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid for a canopic jar is carved of fine-grained white limestone fine grain and shaped as a falcon head (representing Qebehsenuef, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased). Eye details have been painted in black. Some defaced hieroglyphic text in black paint remains on the bottom. Frgamtns have roken from the beak and are 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