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Canopic jar lid

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This lid for a canopic jar is made of buff-colored pottery and shaped as a human head. It is somewhat roughly formed. The exterior shows signs of treatment with a white slip with faint green tinge. It has cracked in several spots, most notably to the immediate right and left of the face.

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: 9.8 x 13.3 cm (3 7/8 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number

72.1583

Medium or Technique

Pottery

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes