Canopic jar and lid of Amenemhat

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20
1550–1070 B.C.


Height x diameter: 33.6 x 18.1 cm (13 1/4 x 7 1/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar and lid are both of reddish-brown pottery with possible traces of a buff wash. Both jar and lid were wheel made with the lid also modeled by hand. A single column of black painted hieroglyphic text on body identifies the owner (see below). The lid takes the shape of human head, intended to represent Imsety (one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased), as identified in the text on the jar. The lid is intact, but the body of the jar is cracked severely and has been restored.

Translation of text:
“One honored by Imesty, Osiris Lector-priest (?) of Amun, Amenemhat”

imAxy xr (I)msty Wsir (Xry)-Hb n Imn Imn-m-HAt

This jar and lid are similar to object 72.1589. For other jars belonging to the same owner (i.e. from the same set) see: 72.1590, 72.1591.


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