Canopic jar lid

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


Height x diameter: 12.4 x 12.7 cm (4 7/8 x 5 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid for a canopic jar is fashioned of pink/buff-colored pottery in the shape of a human head. The hair/wig is painted a dull brown with black and drab yellow stripes. A thick red paint has been used for the face; it has flaked off in many areas to expose an underlying yellow layer. The eyes are painted white with black pupils, and additional black lines detial the brows, ears, and outline of the eyes. Several small fragment have broken off.

This lid is similar to object 72.1575.


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