Canopic jar lid (Hapy)

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


Height x diameter: 9.8 x 12 cm (3 7/8 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This limestone lid to a canopic jar has been carved of fine grained white limestone and shaped as the head of a baboon (representing Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased). Features include an almost cylindrical, protruding snout, small eyes, and low modelled ears. Traces of black remain, used to accent some facial features (eyes in particular). Below the snout incised decoration has been applied in the form of seven-banded pectoral collar/necklace. The eyes, necklace area, and bottom rim of the lid show some chipping. Otherswise the object is in generally stable condition.


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