Anubis Figure



Carved wooden figure of a recumbent jackal. Label stuck to the base inscribed "Sacred wolf off a mummy coffin 3000 years old". Anubis was a god associated with mummification and protecting the dead. He appeared as either a man with a jackal’s head or as a complete jackal. The Egyptians called Anubis ‘he who is upon his mountain’ as if he were sitting up high guarding the cemetery. During the Late Period small wooden figures of jackals like this were placed upon the lids of canopic chests, placing the dead's internal organs under the protection of Anubis. CONDITION NOTE 1998: incomplete, surface loss, surface dirt, old label adhered to base.