Baboon-headed canopic jar

Late Period–Hellenistic Period (Pt
664–30 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Isis Temple, Pit in Room P


Height x diameter: 24.3 x 14.8 cm (9 9/16 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is carved of dark yellow-brown travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with horizontal white veining. It exhibits generally wide proportions with convex, slightly flaring sides. Its lid is carved of compace, also horizontally veined travertine of lighter color, dotted with small incrustations in some areas. It takes the form of a baboon head with bulging proportions and smoothed features. Traces of black paint remains as accents to the facial details, especially the eyes. The baboon figure represents Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. Both jar and lid are well polished.

This jar is part of a complete (4) set comprised of objects 26.895-26.898.


From Giza, Isis temple, pit in room P. 1926: 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: January 1, 1926)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition