Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art
This jackal god sometimes appears on a standard (a symbol carried on a pole) with a uraeus-snake and an enigmatic object scholars describe as “the king’s placenta.” On reliefs, this standard preceded the king in processions as early as the first Egyptian king, Narmer.
Wepwawet, whose name means “opener of ways/roads,” at first led kings into battle but later became associated with leading the deceased to the next world.
Dynasty 26 to Dynasty 31
2 9/16 x 11/16 x 2 3/4 in. (6.5 x 1.8 x 7 cm) (show scale)
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Wepwawet, 664–332 B.C.E. Bronze, 2 9/16 x 11/16 x 2 3/4 in. (6.5 x 1.8 x 7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Evangeline Wilbour Blashfield, Theodora Wilbour, and Victor Wilbour honoring the wishes of their mother, Charlotte Beebe Wilbour, as a memorial to their father, Charles Edwin Wilbour, 16.580.168. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 16.580.168_side1_PS2.jpg)
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