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Canopic jar

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This canopic jar is carved of light-colored travertine (Egyptian alabaster). It has been made with a deeply carved interior. Traces of black painted hieroglyphs remain in a column near the top of the exterior, naming "Hapy," one of the Four Sons of Horus (minor deities; protectors of the...

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Provenance

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. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

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

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 21.9 x 12.4 cm (8 5/8 x 4 7/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.579

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes