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Amulet of Anubis

Amulet of Anubis
© BA Antiquities Museum/H. Mady


showcase 5

Amulet of Anubis

Category:
  • Religious / Cult objects, amulets, amulets in the shape of a god / goddess, Anubis
  • Tomb equipment, amulets, amulets in the shape of a god / goddess, Anubis
Date:
Ancient Egyptian period, Late Period (664-332 BCE)      
Provenance:
Unknown
Material(s):
Man made material, faience
Height:
5.5 cm
Hall:
In the Afterlife, showcase 5


Description

Amulet representing the god Anubis as a walking, jackal-headed human figure.

Anubis Amulets

The earliest jackel-form amulet, made of bone, was found in a predynastic Naqqada II burial and shows the animal in the “couching” position. By the sixth dynasty, jackal-headed human walking figures made their first appearance.
Jackal-form Anubis as an amulet would have been worn only by the dead. The jackal was a dangerous force to be propitiated, since its chief activity was prowling around desert cemeteries, seeking bones to crunch or skulking around embalmers’ storage rooms in the hope of carrying off a well-salted limb from an unsupervised corpse as it lay drying out in natron. According to ancient Egyptian beliefs, the destruction of the body prevented resurrection. Anubis was therefore deified as god of embalming, seeking in this way the protection of the very object he would by nature attack.


The information given here is subject to modification/update as a result of ongoing research.

Bibliography
  • Andrews, Carol, Egyptian Mummies. London: British Museum, 1984.
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