Human-headed canopic jar

Late Period–Hellenistic Period (Pt
664–30 B.C.

Findspot: Egypt, Giza, Isis Temple, Pit of Room P


Height x width: 24.3 x 14.8 cm (9 9/16 x 5 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This canopic jar is carved of dark yellow-brown travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with horizontal white veining. It exhibits generally wide proportions with convex, slightly flaring sides that curve inward to a wide mouth. Its lid is carved of a compact, also horizontally veined travertine of lighter color in the form of a human head, representing Imsety, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. Facial details are generally well modeled. There is a small streak of black paint on the right side of the head, possibly remnant of accents of facial details. Both jar and lid are well polished.

This jar is part of a complete (4) set comprised of objects 26.895-26.898.


From Giza, Isis temple, pit in room P. 1926: excavated by the Harvard University–Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition; assigned to the MFA in the division of finds by the government of Egypt.
(Accession Date: January 1, 1926)

Credit Line

Harvard University—Boston Museum of Fine Arts Expedition