Canopic jar of Ankhpakhered

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


Height x diameter: 30.6 x 14.9 cm (12 1/16 x 5 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar of is carved of limestone with fairly wide mouth and deep interior cavity carved to a depth of 12.3 cm. A single column of black painted hieroglyphic text read on the exterior reads: “Recitation by Hapy: Osiris, the God’s Father of Amun, Ankhpakhered” (Dd mdw in Hapy Wsir it nTr Imn anx-pA-Xrd.) Hapy is one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. The jar has been broken and mended. No lid remains.


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