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Canopic jar lid (four sons of Horus)

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This lid to a canopic jar is carved of a medium-grade limestone. The carving is somewhat rough. The lid depicts the heads of all of the Four Sons of Horus, protector deities for the viscera of the deceased. Paired on opposite sides are Imsety & Duamutef (human & falcon heads, respectively)...

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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.


Height x diameter: 12 x 11.6 cm (4 3/4 x 4 9/16 in.)

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The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes