Anubis is one of the most famous and important gods of the Egyptian religion. After the murder of Osiris by his brother Seth, he invents the mummification which explains his epithet of " the one who is the strip " and thus allows the god to resurrect.
He became the boss of the embalmers. He also introduces the dead to the afterlife and protects their burial, hence his numerous representations in funerary settings.
It is often represented, as here, in the form of a man with a head of a wild dog or jackal. It also appears in the form of these animals lying on a mastaba-shaped base.
Reproduction in patinated resin
Height: 19 cm
Width: 4 cm
Depth: 8 cm
Period: 332 to 30 BC, Ptolemaic period
Museum: Marseille - Museum of Old Charity