An Egyptian Steatite Jackal Head Amulet, Middle Kingdom, ca. 2070 - 1600 BCE
Finely carved in white steatite and featuring the head of a jackal with long snout, open mouth, incised eyes, and large ears flattened to the side of the head with incised detailing, pierced at the back for attachment. Amulets such as this example represent Anubis, the jackal-headed embalming god, and perhaps prevented a corpse from putrefying in the realm of the dead, a condition every Egyptian hoped to assimilate.
For a similar example, see Carol Andrews, Amulets of Ancient Egypt, p. 65 no. 70c.
Condition: Intact and in very good condition overall, a fine example.
Dimensions: Height: 1 inch (2.5 cm)
Provenance: Private Maryland collection of a diplomat, acquired while serving in Egypt between 1949 and 1956, and then by descent.
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