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Canopic jar lid

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This lid for a canopic jar is made of pottery in the shape of a human head. The head's hair/wig is painted dull black with faint yellow and green stripes. The face is a bright orangish-red with eyes retianing worn, but clear traces of white with black brows. Additional black lines (some very...

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


Height x diameter: 14 x 14.9 cm (5 1/2 x 5 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes