Anubis Figure



Wooden head of a jackal-headed god, probably Anubis. Ears damaged. 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, dry, loss of pigment, remnants of label adhered to base, surface dirt. Wellcome Historical Medical Museum accession no. 19677 (2): "Carved wood jackal head with one ear missing. 4" long." Purchased at Fosters, London, 14 October 1920 Lot 147.