Canopic jar of Tamaat

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


Height x diameter: 21.5 x 13.3 cm (8 3/8 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is carved of limestone with a very shallow interior of only 6.7 cm. depth (thus possibly a model/dummy canopic jar). The exterior is roughly polished. An original lid missing. Three columns of black painted hieroglyphic text are faintly visible, recording the owner’s name as “Lady of the House Ta-Maat”. The jar is intact.

Translation of the text:
Col. 1: Osiris …
Col. 2: The lady of the house Ta-maat, daughter of the prophet of Amun,
Col. 3: Djedbastetiuefankh, True-of-Voice.

Transliteration of the text:
Col. 1: Wsir …..
Col. 2: nbt pr Ta-mAat sAt Hm nTr Imn
Col. 3: Dd-Bastt-i(w).f-anx 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