Canopic jar lid (Hapy)

Late Period, Dynasty 25
760–660 B.C.


Height x width: 7.6 x 12.4 cm (3 x 4 7/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid for a canopic jar is carved of light brown wood in the shape of a baboon head, representing Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. Carving is rough. The surface has been coated with a thick white priming, some of which has flaked off. Its overall condition is rough and knotty, with the surface exhibiting several holes.


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