Canopic jar lid (Hapy)

Napatan Period, reign of Taharqa
690–664 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), El Kurru, Pyramid III, Tomb of Queen Neupery


Height: 13.0 cm (5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar lid is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) in the shape of a baboon head, which represent Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. The modeling is not especially detailed, rather it is somewhat muted. However, the surface shows some wear. There are no signs of applied painted decoration. It is in good condition.


From El-Kurru, Pyr. III, Tomb of Neupery. 1919: excavated by the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA by the government of Sudan; 1921: received by the MFA.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1921)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition