Figurine of Anubis
6 May 2020
Jackals were a type of wolf and were considered to be ‘death dogs’ as they would lurk around cemeteries, scavenging for food. However, Jackals in Africa were black and black symbolised good fortune and rebirth. This figurine is from an ancient Egyptian ceremonial standard. It shows Anubis, the jackal-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife. Dating from 661BC-332BC, it is made of copper alloy and measures approximately 4cm long and 3.5cm high.