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EA1586

An Egyptian Steatite Amulet of Anubis, Late Period, 722-332 BC

Anubis was the Egyptian god of cemeteries and embalming. He took the form of a jackal, perhaps derived from the tendency of dogs to inhabit areas around cemeteries. Anubis shares this form with other protectors of the necropolis such as Wepwawet and was said to have embalmed the corpse of Osiris. Numerous scenes show Anubis bending over a sarcophagus tending to the deceased. This example was reproduced as a amulet during the Late Period and such amulets were placed on the chest, lower torso and legs of the mummy.

Dimensions:Height: Overall: 3/8 x 1/2 in. (1 x 1.3 cm)

Condition:  Overall in very good condition.

Provenance:On loan to the Michael C. Carlos museum, Emory University 1998 - 2015, loan number: L1998.062.097

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