Shown standing upright on an integrated base, paws raised in the posture of adoration, and supported by its long tail, this hand-carved example from dark steatite features exceptional detail. It is this creature that is depicted in private tombs (particularly of New Kingdom date) under its owner's chair, where it is meant to serve not only as a pictorial record of a family pet but also as a symbol of love and sexual fulfillment to be enjoyed in the Other Life. Perhaps this amulet, based on the creature's known sexual habits, was worn as a magical sexual aid in this world and the next.
Dimensions: Height: 1 1/4 inches (3 cm)
Condition: Missing the right hand and chip to the base but otherwise intact and in very good condition. A superbly detailed example.
Provenance: Private Maryland collection of a diplomat, acquired while serving in Egypt between 1949 and 1956, and then by descent.