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Standing Anubis in human form with the head of A Jackal holding a staff. Black and gold.
Anubis was associated with the mummification and protection of the dead for their journey into the afterlife. He was usually portrayed as a half human – half jackal, or in full jackal form wearing a ribbon and holding a flail in the crook of its arm. The jackal was strongly associated with cemeteries in ancient Egypt, since it was a scavenger which threatened to uncover human bodies and eat their flesh. The distinctive black color of Anubis "did not have to do with the jackal but with the color of rotting flesh and with the black soil of the Nile valley, symbolizing rebirth. The only known depiction of him in fully human form is in the tomb of Ramesses II in Abydos.
Anubis is depicted in funerary contexts where he is shown attending to the mummies of the deceased or sitting atop a tomb protecting it. In fact, during embalming, the "head embalmer" wore an Anubis costume. The critical weighing of the heart scene in the Book of the Dead also shows Anubis performing the measurement that determined the worthiness of the deceased to enter the realm of the dead (the underworld, known as Duat). New Kingdom tomb-seals also depict Anubis sitting atop the nine bows that symbolize his domination over the enemies of Egypt
One of the roles of Anubis was "Guardian of the Scales". Deciding the weight of "truth" by weighing the heart against Ma'at, who was often depicted as an ostrich feather, Anubis dictated the fate of souls. In this manner, he was a Lord of the Underworld, only usurped by Osiris.
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Size: 28.5cm(H) x 12.5cm(L) x 9cm(W),
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