From ancient Egypt, a large, faience pectoral shrine pendant with a cavetto cornice. The front is decorated with the recumbent figure of the jackal god, Anubis, who wears a collar and flail over his back. He lies upon a similar cavetto cornice shrine. The reverse is decorated with the djed pillar and tyet signs – symbols of stability. A rare piece in very good condition.
Date: 664 - 332 BC Period: Late Dynastic Period Provenance: Acquired on the French market, early 20th century, thence by descent. Condition: Excellent condition.
This two-sided amulet takes the form of a small shrine. Anubis was associated primarily with the afterlife – he was the god of embalming bodies, and had an important role in the transition between life and death. He ushered souls into the afterlife, and tended to the weighing scale during the Weighing of the Heart – the ceremony that determined whether a soul would be allowed to enter the realm of the dead. Perhaps the wearer of this amulet was hoping for protection not only in the afterlife, but in the liminal space between the living and the dead.
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