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Canopic jar and lid inscribed for Nitocris

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This canopic jar and lid in the shape of human head are carved of travertine (Egyptian alabaster). The head likely represents one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. The jar is inscribed with columns of hieroglyphic text for a woman named Nitocris. It is part of...

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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 26–30, 688–332 B.C.


Set range: Height: 31-43 cm (12 3/16-16 15/16 in.); Diameter: 13-16 cm. (5 1/8-6 5/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Travertine (Egyptian alabaster)


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes