Canopic jar lid (Duamutef)

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


Height x diameter: 15.5 x 14.3 cm (6 1/8 x 5 5/8 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 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). Its eyes have been accented with black paint. Details of the nose and mouth are rendered more by broad incision than modeling. The lower front of the head seems to be modelled as a false beard. Surfaces are well smoothed. The ears show chipping, and the tip of the head’s left ear has broken away and is missing. The surface of the stone on the nose has flaked away somewhat. A large portion of the right side of the lid has cracked completely through, but has been mended.


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