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Emblem of Anubis

Emblem of Anubis

Almost identical emblems of Anubis, the jackal god of mummification, were placed at the western ends of the corridors, one on each side of the outermost shrine. Each consists of an alabaster vessel supporting an upright pole to which an imitation of a headless inflated animal skin is attached by the tail, tipped with a papyrus flower. The pole, representing a lotus stem and bud, and the skin are made of wood coated with plaster and gilded. In very remote times it was the fetish of a god named "He who is in his wrappings" (Imuit), who was later assimilated with Anubis. A much earlier example with a real animal skin stuffed and wrapped in bandages was found by the Metropolitan Museum expedition at Lisht.

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