Canopic jar lid

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


Height x diameter: 13.3 x 14.3 cm (5 1/4 x 5 5/8 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 very faint yellow and green stripes. The face is brownish-red. Eyes were painted white, much of which has worn away, and the left eye retains evidence of black painted pupil. Brows and outlines are also black. Additional black lines detail the ears are faintly visible as well. A row of black painted drop shapes below the chin likely depicts a beaded necklace.

This lid is stylistically similar to objects 72.1571-72.1573.


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