Canopic jar lid (Duamutef)

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18–20
1550–1070 B.C.


Height x diameter: 6 x 7.9 cm (2 3/8 x 3 1/8 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 pinkish buff-colored pottery shaped as the head of a jackal, representing Duamutef, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. modeling is not extremely detailed. The surface has been treated with a deep brownish-red paint/glaze. Some areas are considerably darker than others. The tip of the right ear has broken off and is missing.


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