Canopic jar lid

Middle Kingdom, late Dynasty 11–early Dynasty 12
2010–1961 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Deir el-Bersha, Tomb 10, shaft A (Djehutynakht)


Height x diameter: 12.1 x 7 cm (4 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)

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On View

Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Gallery (Gallery 119)


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is made of cartonnage(plaster-soaked linen) is fashioned in the shape of a human head. Due to decay, a large portion of the face is missing; however, parts of the wig and the broad collar are still visible. The wig was originally painted blue but has faded to green; the collar is painted in blue, red, black, and yellow.


From Deir el-Bersha, Pit 10A. 1915: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: March 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition