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Canopic jar lid (Imsety)

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This canopic jar lid, fashioned of pottery, is shaped as a human head. Portions were wheel-made and then modelled, and the surface has been treated with a red slip and burnished. The pupils and brows of the eyes are painted black. The beard was added separately.


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: 12cm (4 3/4in.) x Diameter: 14cm (5 1/2in.) Length (Stopper): 9.5cm (3 3/4in.)

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes