Ancient Egyptian Blue Faience Necklace With God Anubis Amulet 1550-332 B.C.
- Authentic ancient Egypt New Kingdom - Late Period 1550-332 B.C. Egyptian double string necklace composed rich glazed sky-blue famous Deir-el-Bahari bleu faience tube beads and blue, gray and beige faience disc beads. Adorned with an amulet, made of Deir-el-Bahari, blue glazed faience, depicted the Anubis god of the Underworld, striding with his left foot forward and his arms tightly to the sides. He has the body of a man and the head of a jackal and is wearing a short kilt. The amulet has a back pillar, which is pierced horizontally for suspension.
This necklace is made of the famous briliant Deir-el-Bahari bleu fayence that was especially used by the members of the upper class of Ancient Egypt.
Overall length in the double string including pendant: 37 cm (14.57 inches)
Height of the pendant: 2.8 cm (1.1 inches)
CONDITION: Some blue faience tube beads slightly chipped at the ends; jaw of the Anubis chipped otherwise in good condition. Mounted on modern jewelry wire and fully wearable.
Ancient Egyptian Jewelry by Carol Andrews
Amulets of ancient Egypt by Carol Andrews
Provenance:Ex. private collection, Toronto, Canada
Anubis is the protector of the gates to the Underworld, Anubis, as the god of death and the afterlife, was closely associated with mummification and burial rites. Egyptian jackals had an association with the dead, as well. They were often found digging up buried bodies and eating them, which may be why Anubis was depicted as part jackal. The priests who mummified the dead kings (called pharaohs) wore costumes to make them appear like jackals.
The Egyptian people believed that Anubis helped decide the fate of the dead in the afterlife. The heart of the dead was weighed against the feather of truth (representing the goddess Ma’at), to see if the deceased was worthy of entering the afterlife. If the person had lived an evil life, his or her heart would be heavy with evil, and he or she would be eaten by Ammit (the Devourer). If a person was kind and good, the heart would be light, he or she could continue on to the afterlife safe and sound to meet Osiris.