Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
The canine-shaped god Anubis had many roles. He is often represented as the divine embalmer, the recorder at the judgment of the dead, or the escort of the deceased to the underworld; he is sometimes also the guardian of the mummy. This figurine of Anubis was perched on the lid of a coffin or sarcophagus, where it served a protective purpose. Various seals from both royal and private tombs show Anubis dominating nine bound prisoners—symbolic of Egypt’s enemies and, on a more abstract level, all harmful forces.
Dynasty 26 or later
Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
26 x 20 x 3 1/2 in. (66 x 50.8 x 8.9 cm)
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Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
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