Canopic jar lid

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.


Height x diameter: 7.3 x 12.4 cm (2 7/8 x 4 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid for a canopic jar is made from dull reddish-brown pottery in the shape of human head. The face is painted with yellow, while the headdress has been patterned with yellow stripes on a black background. The face wears a false beard that retains traces of blue paint. Traces of the left eye indicate white background with black pupil. The paint has worn away from the right eye, where the basal red-brown clay surface now shows through. No indications of glazing are evident.


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