Canopic jar

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


Height x diameter: 21.3 x 14.3 cm (8 3/8 x 5 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is carved of yellowish limestone with substantial presence of small pockmarks across much of its exterior surfaces. Its interior has deep chisel marks from manufacture, though the exterior has been reasonably well smoothed. A single column of well carved hieroglyphic text incised onthe body, read: “Spoken by Isis: I destroy the opponent and protect the power(?) of Imsety who is in [me].” Imsety is one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. No lid remains.

For another jar likely from the same set see: 72.612.


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