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Canopic jar lid

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This lid for a canopic jar is made of pottery, portions of which were wheel-made, and modelled in the shape of a human head. Surface treatment includes application of red slip and painted decoration: the face is yellow. Eyes are white with black pupils and brows. The headdress is dark green...

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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, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1550–1295 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x diameter: 12.5 x 13 cm (4 15/16 x 5 1/8 in.) Length (stopper): 8.5 cm (3 3/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.1570

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes