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Canopic jar and lid

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The canopic jar and lid shaped as a human head are carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster) that has some areas of discoloration. The jar has almost drop-shaped proportions with a rounded base and deeply carved interior cavity. Features of the head-shaped lid are carved somewhat roughly. A...

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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)

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

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


Jar, Height x diameter: 27.6 x 21.6 cm (10 7/8 x 8 1/2 in.) Lid, Height x diameter: 12.7 x 13.6 cm (5 x 5 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes