Pectoral amulet depicting the god Anubis

Detail of a pattern
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At A Glance

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  • Period

    ca. 1539-1190 BCE
  • Geography

  • Material

    Faience (glazed composition)
  • Dimension

    H x W x D: 6.6 x 8.6 x 0.8 cm (2 5/8 x 3 3/8 x 5/16 in)
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Object Details

  • Description

    Faience pectoral amulet. Perforated horizontally for stringing, shrine-shaped plaque. The top border of the shrine is modeled and accented with black, but the other details are painted in black beneath the final coat of glaze. The central design is surrounded by a border. The border pattern on the top and sides consists of two narrow lines connected by sets of three perpendicular lines separated by blank spaces. On the bottom, the border consists of a bar of seventeen continuous simple shrines with doors. Within the border are two shrines with decorated cornices and doors, very similar in shape to the pectoral itself. Atop each shrine is a recumbent jackal, which face each other in antithetical composition. Their tails hang down behind the shrines, and their ears are alert. Each wears a magical tie or collar. There are different epithets above and behind each jackal. Since the jackals represent Anubis, the god of mummification, this pectoral is a purely funerary type of amulet. It would have rested on the chest of a mummy.
  • Inscriptions

    Two hieroglyphic inscriptions, one above and behind each jackal. Above the left jackal: inpw imy wt = Anubis who is embalmer. Above the right: inpw hnty w`bt ntr = Anubis who is before the god’s place of embalming.
  • Provenance

    To 1907
    Dikran G. Kelekian (1868-1951), Cairo, Egypt, Paris, France, and New York to 1907 [1]
    From 1907 to 1919
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from Dikran G. Kelekian in 1907 [2]
    From 1920
    Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]
    [1] See Original Pottery List, L. 1581, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.
    [2] See note 1.
    [3] 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.
  • Collection

    Freer Gallery of Art Collection
  • Exhibition History

    A Collector’s Eye: Freer in Egypt (January 28, 2023 to 2025)
    Charles Lang Freer and Egypt (June 13, 1998 to October 2, 2011)
    Art of Dynastic Egypt (December 15, 1976 to September 22, 1977)
  • Previous custodian or owner

    Dikran Garabed Kelekian (1868-1951) (C.L. Freer source)
    Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919)
  • Origin

  • Credit Line

    Gift of Charles Lang Freer
  • Type

    Jewelry and Ornament
  • On View

    Freer Gallery 20: A Collector’s Eye: Freer in Egypt
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