Bronze Sculpture of Anubis

SKU FF.071
Circa

600 BC to 500 BC

Dimensions

5.1″ (13.0cm) high

Medium

Bronze

Origin

Egypt

Gallery Location

S Korea


 

Anubis (/?’nu?b?s/ or /?’nju?b?s/;[2] Ancient Greek: ????ß??) is the Greek name[3] for a jackal- headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife in ancient Egyptian religion. According to the Akkadian transcription in the Amarna letters, Anubis’ name was vocalized in Egyptian as Anapa.[4] The oldest known mention of Anubis is in the Old Kingdom pyramid texts, where he is associated with the burial of the pharaoh.[5] At this time, Anubis was the most important god of the dead but he was replaced during the Middle Kingdom by Osiris.[6] He takes names in connection with his funerary role, such as He who is upon his mountain, which underscores his importance as a protector of the deceased and their tombs, and the title He who is in the place of embalming, associating him with the process of mummification.[5] Like many ancient Egyptian deities, Anubis assumes different roles in various contexts. Anubis also attends the weighing scale in the Afterlife during the “Weighing Of The Heart”.[7] Anubis’ wife is a goddess called Anput. His daughter is the goddess Kebechet.

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