Canopic jar and lid inscribed for Nitocris

Late Period, Dynasty 26–30
688–332 B.C.


Set range: Height: 31-43 cm (12 3/16-16 15/16 in.); Diameter: 13-16 cm. (5 1/8-6 5/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Out on Loan

On display at Houston Museum of Natural Science, TX, May 17, 2013 – December 31, 2020


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar and lid in the shape of human head are carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster). The head likely represents one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased). The jar is inscribed with columns of hieroglyphic text for a woman named Nitocris. It is part of a set of four (with 72.582a-b, 72.584a-b, and 72.585a-b), two of which contain portions of original contents.


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