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Canopic jar lid (Imsety)

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This lid for a canopic jar is carved of wood in the shape of human head with fairly well modeled ears and almond-shaped eyes. The figure likely represents Imsety, one of the Four Sons of Horus, protectors of the viscera of the deceased. It is coated with a thick layer of white priming, a...

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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, Late Period, Dynasty 26–31, 664–332 B.C.

Dimensions

Height x width: 13.6 x 14.3 cm (5 3/8 x 5 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

72.4360

Medium or Technique

Wood

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes