Canopic jar

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


Height x diameter: 20.9 x 14.3 cm (8 1/4 x 5 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This limestone canopic jar has well smoothed exterior surfaces. It sides are slightly convex. Its base is rough. The interior well is both wide and deeply carved. Largely faded traces of hieroglyphic text painted in black paint appear just below a very badly chipped and battered rim. The text likely reads as the name “[Dua]mutef,” one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased.


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