Canopic jar lid (Imsety)

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


Height x diameter: 13 x 12.7 cm (5 1/8 x 5 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid for a canpic jar is fashioned of buff-colored pottery in the shape of a human head. The head’s hair/wig is painted a dull brown with black and yellow to yellow-green stripes; a thick red paint has been used for the face which as flaked off in many areas to expose a bright yellow underlying layer. The eyes are painted white with black pupils, and additional black lines detial the brows and ears. Traces of black paint continue onto the base of the lid. Fragments have been broken away from the lower rim of the head and the tip of the nose. Paint has flaked away from many areas.

This lid is similar to object 72.576.


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