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Collection: Museum of Ancient Cultures

Anubis amulet

Accession # MU521
Creator
Culture Egyptian
Period Ptolemaic period
Date 300 B.C.E
Provenance Egypt
Material/s Green faience
Dimensions 3.5cm (h) x W 0.9cm (w) x 1.5cm (d)
Collection Museum of Ancient Cultures
Source Macquarie University, MAC
Classification
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MU521 is a small green faience amulet that depicts the god Anubis. The god is represented in its therioanthropic form as a jackal-headed human. The ears, eyes and snout of the jackal can be clearly observed. The deity is depicted wearing a lappet wig and a short kilt. Anubis is portrayed in a striding position with his left leg slightly forward and his arms by his sides. The figure stands on a plinth with a back-pillar which has been laterally pierced just below the upper arms allowing the amulet to be suspended and worn.
In Egyptian mythology, Anubis was the god of embalming and the guardian of transitional zones. Anubis plays the important role of accompanying the deceased on the perilous journey from the end of life to the point of entering the afterlife. This includes mummification and the trial of the ‘Weighing of the Heart’ ceremony depicted in Chapter 125 of the Book of the Dead. In the myth of Osiris, Anubis played this role for Osiris himself when he entered the afterlife and in some versions of the myth, Anubis is the son of Nephthys and Seth. For these reasons Anubis was an important protector of the dead.
  • Syllabus Links
    • Stage 6 Preliminary
      • Investigating Ancient History, The investigation of Ancient sites and sources
      • Features of Ancient Societies, Death and Funerary Customs in Egypt
    • Stage 6 HSC Ancient Societies. Option A New Kingdom Egypt society to the death of Amenhotep III
      • The economy, including; occupations, crafts and industry; wood, stone and metal
      • Religion, death and burial, including; gods, goddesses, cults and priesthoods including Amun-Re, Osiris (ACHAH276)
      • Religion, death and burial, including; funerary customs, rituals and texts; afterlife concepts, mummification (ACHAH278)
      • Religion, death and burial, including; The Book of the Dead and the Amduat (Book of What is the in the Netherworld)
      • Cultural and everyday life, including; art; sculpture, jewellery and wall paintings
    • Stage 6 HSC Ancient Societies. Option B New Kingdom Egypt society during the Ramesside Period
      • The economy, including; occupations, crafts and industry; wood, stone and metal (ACHAH112)
      • Religion, death and burial, including; gods, goddesses, cults and priesthoods; Amun, Re, Ptah, Osiris (ACHAH141)
      • Religion, death and burial, including; funerary customs; afterlife concepts and mummification (ACHAH144)
      • Religion, death and burial, including; The Book of the Dead and the Amduat (Book of What is the in the Netherworld), The Book of Gates (ACHAH140)
      • Cultural and everyday life, including; art; sculpture, jewellery and wall paintings (ACHAH120, ACHAH121, ACHAH123)
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Analysis and use of sources
      • Explain the meaning and value of sources for an historical inquiry (ACHAH007, ACHAH009)
      • Analyse sources to identify and account for the different perspectives of individuals and groups in the past (ACHAH010)
      • Analyse and synthesise evidence from different types of sources to develop reasoned claims (ACHAH008)
      • Identify and analyse problems relating to sources in the investigation of the past (ACHAH011)
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Historical interpretation
      • Analyse the extent and nature of continuity and change over time (ACHAH001)
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Historical investigation and research
      • Use evidence from a range of sources to inform investigation and research (ACHAH005)
    • Historical Concepts and Skills; Explanation and communication
      • Develop texts, particularly historical accounts and arguments, supported by relevant evidence from sources (ACHAH013)
  • Educational Resources
  • Online Resources
  • Bibliography/References
    • Andrews, C., (1994), Amulets of Ancient Egypt, London.
    • Doxey, D.M., (2005), ‘Anubis’, in D.B. Redford (ed.), Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Oxford.
    • Hart, G., (1986), A Dictionary of Egyptian Gods and Goddesses, Oxford, pp. 21-26.
    • Pinch, G., (2002), Egyptian Mythology - A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt, Oxford, pp. 104-105.
    • Remler, P., (2010), Egyptian Mythology, A to Z, New York, pp. 16-18.
    • Tristant, Y. & Ryan, E. (eds.) (2017), Death is Only the Beginning, Oxford, p.250-255 and cat.55, p.256-257.
    • Wilkinson, R.H., (2003), The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt, London.

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Museum of Ancient Cultures (2018). Anubis amulet, MU521. https://objectbasedlearning.com//museum-of-ancient-cultures/MU521 (accessed on: 01 November 2018).

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