Funerary Figure of Duamutef

Late Period–Ptolemaic Period

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 133

This jackal-headed figure represents the god Duamutef, who protected the stomach. He is one of the four so-called sons of Horus that are often depicted as mummies, each with a different head (for the other three statuettes belonging to the same set, see 12.182.37b-d). The sons of Horus were deities who protected the internal organs and are probably best known from their representations on the lids of the canopic jars that contained mummified viscera. They were also thought to assist in the process of mummification and to provide nourishment, possibly because they were associated with the internal organs. Thus they had a general protective function for the deceased.

In this particular statuette, note the jackal-headed god’s fur peeking out from underneath his long human wig.

Funerary Figure of Duamutef, Plastered and painted wood

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