Canopic jar lid

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


Height x diameter: 14 x 14.9 cm (5 1/2 x 5 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 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 with eyes retianing worn, but clear traces of white with black brows. Additional black lines (some very faint) detail the ears and outlines of eyes. A faint row of black painted drop shapes below the chin likely depicts a beaded necklace. There are no indications of glazing.

This lid is stylistically similar to objects 72.1571-72.1572, 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