Late Period, c. 663-323 BC. Egyptian. Black stone amulet of a jackal, reclining on a plinth with erect ears and a suspension loop behind the neck for use as jewellery. Jackals were commonly associated with the gods Anubis and Wepwawet, protectors of the grave, because jackals tend to lurk around cemetaries, so amulets like this were often placed in tombs to aid the deceased’s journey and protect them.
Size: L:15mm / W:23mm ; 1g
Provenance: From a private London collection; acquired on the UK art market in the 1960s/70s.