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Inlay or Amulet Representing Anubis

Egyptian, Classical, Ancient Near Eastern Art

  • Place Made: Egypt
  • DATES 305-30 B.C.E.
    PERIOD Ptolemaic Period (probably)
    DIMENSIONS 1 × 1 × 3/16 in. (2.5 × 2.5 × 0.4 cm)
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Charles Edwin Wilbour Fund
    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Inlay or amulet representing Anubis attending a mummy on its bier. Opaque, light grass-green glass. The bier has at the head a lion’s head and forefeet, at the foot a lion’s tail and hind legs. A mummy lies on it and the god is seen beyond the mummy and bier; he faces to the right, holds a jar (?) on his raised left hand and lays his right on the mummy. Front in relief; back, rough and not quite flat; edges rolled over but following the general outline of god’s figure above bier; god’s feet and the legs of the bier rest on rolled over edge, probably the ground, rather than a formal base. Condition: a bit has been broken from the top above Anubis' left hand. There is a minute bit of gold leaf on Anubis’s wig, probably accidentally lodged there.
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