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Canopic jar

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This canopic jar is carved of limestone with smoothed exterior surfaces, which are badly nicked. The interior has deep chisel marks from manufacture. A single column of hieroglyphic text incised on the body reads: "Spoken by Nieth: I spend the morning and evening every day providing(?) ...

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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: 21.3 x 14.6 cm (8 3/8 x 5 3/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.612

Medium or Technique

Limestone

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes