Canopic jar lid (Duamutef)

Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.


Height x diameter: 12.7 x 14 cm (5 x 5 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid to a canopic jar has been carved of fine-grained white limestone and shaped as the head of a jackal (representing Duamutef, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased). The Major facial features have been accented with black painted details. Below the jackal’s snout, also in black paint, a necklace of 3-4 bands has been rendered. Exterior surfaces of the stone show some discoloration. The ears and snout of the jackal head have been chipped slightly, while larger fragments have been chipped away from the lower rim of the lid.


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