Statuette of Anubis

Period: Ptolemaic Period

Date: 332–30 B.C.

Geography: From Egypt

Medium: Plastered and painted wood

Dimensions: 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: 38.5


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).