Canopic jar

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


Height x diameter: 21.3 x 14.6 cm (8 3/8 x 5 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is carved of limestone with smoothed exterior surfaces, which are badly nicked. The interior has deep chisel marks from manufacture. A single column of hieroglyphic text incised on the body reads: “Spoken by Nieth: I spend the morning and evening every day providing(?) protection for Duamutef who is in ” (Dd n Nit sdwA m aSrw dwA ra-nb sxm mk n dwA-mwt.f nty im(.i)). Duamutef is one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. No lid remains.

For another jar likely from this set see: 72.611.


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