Canopic jar lid (Imsety)

New Kingdom, Dynasty 18
1550–1295 B.C.


Height: 12cm (4 3/4in.) x Diameter: 14cm (5 1/2in.) Length (Stopper): 9.5cm (3 3/4in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar lid, fashioned of pottery, is shaped as a human head. Portions were wheel-made and then modelled, and the surface has been treated with a red slip and burnished. The pupils and brows of the eyes are painted black. The beard was added separately.


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