EGYPTIAN SARCOPHAGUS SECTION WITH ANUBIS
THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD, DYNASTY XXI, CIRCA 990-940 B.C.
Here you find a nice section of an ancient egyptian sarcophagus. Has a nice band of heiroglyphs in the middle. Two seated jackal's representing the Anubis the god of the Underworld. In very good condition and displays well. Wood section measures 12" inches wide by 7.5" inches in height. Piece shown on the History Channel.
Provenance: Gustave Jequier (1868-1946)
Ex. Billy Jamieson (1954-2011)
Anubis was an ancient Egyptian god of the underworld who guided and protected the spirits of the dead. He was known as the "Lord of the Hallowed Land", the worship of Anubis was an ancient one. In fact it was probably even older than the worship of Osiris. In the pyramid texts of Unas, his role was already very clear, he was associated with the Eye of Horus and he was already thought to be the guide of the dead in the afterlife, showing them the way to Osiris.
Anubis was generally depicted as a black jackal-headed man, or as a black jackal as in this example. The Egyptians would have noticed the jackals prowling around the graveyards, and so the link between the animal and the dead was formed in their minds. Anubis was painted black to further link him with the deceased, a body that has been embalmed became a pitch black color. Anubis was also seen as the deity of embalming, as well as a god of the dead. To the Egyptians, Anubis was the protector of embalming and guardian of both the mummy and the necropolis. Anubis was often identified by the word sab, "jackal", though to the Egyptians there was not a great deal of difference between the two canines.