Canopic Jar Lid (Baboon-headed)

LL 5133


Baboon-headed lid to a canopic jar of carved Egyptian alabaster, creamy yellow with horizontal veins; the surface has a very high polish. Hapy was a baboon-headed deity who protected the lungs of the deceased. Diameter of boss, slopes inwards from 107 mm; thickness of boss 13 mm. Purchased at Sotheby's 23-24 July 1917 (Hope sale) Lot 172/4: "FOUR CANOPIC JARS IN ALABASTER, comprising Mestha, the man-headed - 17 in. high ; Hapi, the ape-headed - 14 in. high ; Qebhsennuf, the hawk-headed - 13 in. high ; and Tuamutef, the jackal-headed - 15 in. high. All the vases, with the exception of the first, fully inscribed - a remarkable set of the highest importance [PLATE IV.]".