Canopic jar of Horsiese

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


Height x diameter: 21.9 x 13 cm (8 5/8 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 roughly polished exterior surfaces which now show some discoloration. Interior carving is very shallow (3.7 cm, thus likely a model/dummy canopic jar). A single column of black painted hieroglyphic text has been applied to the exterior and mentions Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. The depression in the jar is was carved irregularly across the shoulder. Some minor chipping from exterior surfaces now appears. No lid remains.

Translation of the text:
Osiris Hapy, True-of-Voice, 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 Hp(i) mAa xrw ir sA mr(y) nTr Hr-sA-n-Ist mAa xrw sA mr(y) nTr PA-n-Miw mAa xrw.


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