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Anubis

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.
MEDIUM Wood, painted
  • Place Made: Saqqara, Egypt
  • DATES 664-30 B.C.E.
    DYNASTY Dynasty 26 or later
    PERIOD Late Period to Ptolemaic Period
    DIMENSIONS 26 x 20 x 3 1/2 in. (66 x 50.8 x 8.9 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 37.1478Ea-b
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Anubis, 664-30 B.C.E. Wood, painted, 26 x 20 x 3 1/2 in. (66 x 50.8 x 8.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund, 37.1478Ea-b. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, 37.1478E_Gavin_Ashworth_photograph.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph (Gavin Ashworth, photographer), 2012
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