Lid of a canopic jar (Qebehsenuef)

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


Dimensions

Height x diameter: 12.7 x 12 cm (5 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.638

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid to a canopic jar has been carved of fine-grained white limestone and shaped as the head of a falcon (representing Qebehsenuef, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased). The stone has been well smoothed and shows considerable attention to modeling of the falcon’s features. Eyes are hemispherical and bulging with incised detailing to the sides. No traces of paint remain. Exterior surfaces of the stone have discolored somewhat. The neck and left side of the head have fragments broken away. Otherwise the lid 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