Statuette of Anubis, Plastered and painted wood

Statuette of Anubis

Ptolemaic Period
332–30 B.C.
From Egypt
Plastered and painted wood
H. 42.3 cm (16 5/8 in.); W. 10.1 cm (4 in.); D. 20.7 cm (8 1/8 in.)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Myron C. Taylor, 1938
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 133
The god of mummification Anubis is shown here as a human with a jackal head and a long wig. He is wearing jewelry and a garment with an elaborate feather pattern. Anubis is probably depicted greeting the deceased in the afterlife and protecting him. The statuette is exquisitely carved and painted (note the painted pleating of the kilt).
Donated to the Museum by Mrs. Myron C. Taylor, 1938. Purchased from Dikran Kelekian before 1924. Previously on loan from the Tyalors to the museum from 1924.

Hayes, William C. 1938. "Two Egyptian Statuettes." In The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, vol. 33, no. 4 (April), pp. 107–108, fig. 2.

Dorman, Peter F., Prudence Harper, and Holly Pittman 1987. Egypt and the Ancient Near East in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, p. 4.

Arnold, Dorothea 1995. The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, new ser., vol. 52, no. 4 (Spring), New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, pp. 14–15, no. 8.