Canopic jar

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


Height x diameter: 23.2 x 15.5 cm (9 1/8 x 6 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is carved of light-colored limestone with fairly well smoothed exterior surfaces. A very small portion of a vertical column of hieroglyphic text remains at the top, painted in black. It reads “Words spoken b[y]…” (Dd mdw i[n]). The wide interior well of the jar is deeply carved. There are some small nicks on body’s exterior.


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