Canopic jar lid (Qebehsenuef)
Late Period, Dynasty 25–30
Height x diameter: 11.4 x 13.6 cm (4 1/2 x 5 3/8 in.)
Medium or Technique
Not On View
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). Facial details have been added in black paint with particular emphasis on the eyes. A fragment has broken away from the front and is now missing. Otherwise 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)
Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way