Canopic jar lid

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


Height x diameter: 13 x 14 cm (5 1/8 x 5 1/2 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 in the shape of a human head. The head’s hair/wig is painted dull black with faint yellow and green stripes. The face is a bright orangish-red. Eyes are white with black pupils and brows. Additional black lines detail the ears, mouth, and outlines of the eyes. A row of black painted drop shapes below the chin likely depicts a beaded necklace.

This lid is stylistically similar to objects 72.1572-72.1574.


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