Canopic jar

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


Height x diameter: 21.9 x 12.4 cm (8 5/8 x 4 7/8 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 light-colored travertine (Egyptian alabaster). It has been made with a deeply carved interior. Traces of black painted hieroglyphs remain in a column near the top of the exterior, naming “Hapy,” one of the Four Sons of Horus (minor deities; protectors of the viscera of the deceased. No lid remains.


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.
(Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way