Canopic jar lid (Qebehsenuef)

Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
760–332 B.C.

Object Place: Egypt, Alexandria


Height x diameter: 12.4 x 14.6 cm (4 7/8 x 5 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid to a canopic jar has been carved of fine-grained white limestone and shaped as the head of a falcon (representing Qebehsenuef, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased). There are slight traces of black paint to accent facial features, particularly the eyes. The stone has been well smoothed. It now shows some discoration. The lid is in very good condition.


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