Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
Height x diameter: 23.5 x 13.3 cm (9 1/4 x 5 1/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)
Not On View
This canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with well smoothed exterior surfaces and a wide, deeply carved interior. Traces of a column of black painted hieroglyphs remain, reading “Duamutef,” one of the Four Sons of Horus (minor deities; protectors of the viscera of the deceased). The stone has discolored significantly.
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)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way