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Canopic jar of the wab priest Kemes, with a lid in the form of a human head. The facial features and wig are painted in black. The wheel-made body is of fine white clay; four vertical columns of hieroglyphs record an invocation to the goddess Nephthys. The first column of hieroglyphs: Dd mdw...

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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

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Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way

Egyptian, New Kingdom, Dynasty 18, 1539–1295 B.C.


Height x diameter: 36.5 x 19 cm (14 3/8 x 7 1/2 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Pottery, marl clay


The Ancient World


Tomb equipment, Canopics and Canopic Boxes