Lid of a canopic jar (Hapy)

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


Height x diameter: 10.8 x 13.1 cm (4 1/4 x 5 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Canopics and canopic boxes

This lid of a canopic jar is carved of fine-grained white limestone in the shape of a baboon head (representing Hapy, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased). Its eyes are outlined in black paint. Surfaces have been well smoothed. The tip of its nose has broken away and is missing. Hieroglyphic text, also painted in black, appear on the lid’s base. The lower rim has been chipped in several areas, but otherwise the object is in very 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