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Canopic jar

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This canopic jar is carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) with well smoothed exterior surfaces and a large, deeply carved interior. A column of black painted hieroglyphs remains, reading "Imsety," one of the Four Sons of Horus (minor deities; protectors of the viscera of the deceased). It...

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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 son, C. Granville Way. (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: 23.5 x 12.7 cm (9 1/4 x 5 in.)

Accession Number

72.580

Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes