Canopic jar of Horsiese

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


Height x diameter: 23.2 x 13 cm (9 1/8 x 5 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is carved of limestone with somewhat coarsely smoothed exterior surfaces and a very shallow shallow interior (6.0 cm, thus possibly a model/dummy canopic jar). A single single column of black painted hieroglyphic text on the exterior includes the name of Duamutef, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. The jar is chipped on its side, but otherwise the body is intact. No lid remains.

Translation of the text:
Osiris Dwa-ef-mut (sic), True-of-Voice, who enacts protection (for) the Beloved-of-god, Horsiese, True-of-Voice, son of the Beloved-of-god Penmiu, True-of-Voice.

Transliteration of the text:
Wsir dwA-mwt.f mAa xrw ir sA mr(y) nTr
Hr-sA-n-Ist mAa xrw sA mr(y) nTr PA-n-Miw mAa xrw.

For another jar of the same owner see: 72.598.


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