Canopic jar lid (Hapy)

Napatan Period, reign of Tanwetamani
664–653 B.C.

Findspot: Nubia (Sudan), El Kurru, Pyramid XVI


Height: 11.5 cm (4 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid for a canopic jar is carved of a poor quality travertine (Egyptian alabaster). It has been given the shape of a baboon’s head, which represents Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. Features show good modeling, though the surface is generally worn. Several chips are missing from the left side. Otherwise it is in good condition.


From el-Kurru, Ku. 16 (tomb of Tanwetamani). 1919: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds 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