Canopic jar lid

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


Height x diameter: 12.5 x 13 cm (4 15/16 x 5 1/8 in.) Length (stopper): 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid for a canopic jar is made of pottery, portions of which were wheel-made, and modelled in the shape of a human head. Surface treatment includes application of red slip and painted decoration: the face is yellow. Eyes are white with black pupils and brows. The headdress is dark green to black with yellow stripes. There are apparent traces of glaze as well.


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