Canopic jar

New Kingdom, Dynasty 19–20
1295–1070 B.C.


Height (lid): 7.7cm (3 1/16in.) Height x width (jar body only): 22.5 x 15.9cm (8 7/8 x 6 1/4in.)

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On View

Egyptian Funerary Arts Gallery (Mummies) (Gallery 109)


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar and lid are both made of blue to blue-green faience. The lid is shaped as the head of a baboon, representing Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. On the front of the jar is a rectangular panel depicting a scene, painted in black. In the scene the jar’s owner (i.e. the deceased) worships the seated god Osiris. The arms of the deceased are raised in a posture of adoration. An offering table is between the two figures, supporting a pot and a lotus. On the shoulder of the jar a design of lotus petals radiates from the jar’s mouth. Line details of the facial features and wig of the lid head are also painted in black. This jar and lid are parts of a set comprised of objects 48.1286-48.1289.


By date unknown: with Dikran G. Kelekian (1868-1951); by 1948: Mrs. J.D. Cameron Bradley collection, Southboro, MA; 1948: given to the MFA by Mrs. J. D. Cameron Bradley.
(Accession Date: November 16, 1948)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. J. D. Cameron Bradley in memory of her mother, Mrs. J. Montgomery Sears