Pectoral amulet depicting the god Anubis
- Historical period(s)
- Dynasty 18 or 19, New Kingdom, ca. 1539-1190 BCE
- Faience (glazed composition)
- 6.6 x 8.6 x 0.8 cm
- Credit Line
- Gift of Charles Lang Freer
- Freer Gallery of Art
- Accession Number
- The central design of this amulet consists of a pair of jackals facing each other, each seated atop a shrine. The jackals represent Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of embalming, who was also the guardian of the cemetery. Above and behind each jackal are hieroglyphs giving two of the common epithets of Anubis: "Anubis who is embalmer," and "Anubis who is before the god’s place of embalming." The amulet itself is in the form of a shrine, and is pierced for suspending on a cord. Since the jackals represent Anubis, the god of mummification, this pectoral is a purely funerary type of amulet. It would have been placed on the chest of the mummy to ensure its safe passage into the next life.
Dikran G. Kelekian (1868-1951), Cairo, Egypt, Paris, France, and New York, NY, to 1907 
From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian in 1907 
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 
 See Original Pottery List, L. 1581, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
 See note 1.
 The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.
- Former owner
- C.L. Freer source: Dikran G. Kelekian (1868 - 1951)
- On View Location
- Currently not on view
- Anubis, Dynasty 18 (ca. 1539 - 1295 B.C.E.), Dynasty 19 (ca. 1292 - 1190 B.C.E.), Egypt, New Kingdom (ca. 1539 - 1075 B.C.E.), protection
- Collection(s) Area
- Ancient Egyptian Art
- Web Resource(s)
- Google Cultural Institute
- Rights Statement
- Copyright with museum