Anubis Amulet

Period: Late Period–Ptolemaic Period

Date: 664–30 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt

Medium: Faience

Dimensions: H. 4.7 cm (1 7/8 in)

Credit Line: Gift of Darius Ogden Mills, 1904

Accession Number: 04.2.151


Funerary amulets often were made in the form of gods who had roles in protecting the mummy. Anubis, the jackal-headed god, oversaw the embalming process. He also bore the epithet "lord of the hallowed ground," meaning protector of the necropolis. Anubis had a significant role in the judgment of the dead when he supervised the weighing of the heart for Osiris.