Lid of a canopic jar (Hapy)

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


Height x diameter: 8.3 x 12 cm (3 1/4 x 4 3/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This lidf for a canopic jar is carved of white limestone in the shape of baboon head (representing Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased). There are slight traces of facial details painted in black, including the eyes, ears, and nose. The neck/chest area also retains traces of black painted decoration, likely reprsenting either a necklace or perhaps a false beard. The area over the right eye is chipped, as is the lower rim of the lid. Otherwise the object is in good condition.


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