The Jackal Gods of Ancient Egypt
This catalogue documents an exhibition at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology on the mysterious ancient Egyptian jackal-headed gods associated with death and the afterlife. These gods are immediately identifiable symbols of ancient Egypt, but their specific identities and roles are often less well known. Death Dogs is the first exhibition to examine their mysteries.
The exhibition and catalogue focus on the three most important jackal gods: Anubis (embalmer and guide to the dead), Wepwawet (opener of the ways to the afterlife) and Duamutef (son of Horus, protector of the canopic jar). Jackal gods are represented by a variety of artifacts in the Kelsey Museum collectionstatues, paintings, amulets and other objects. These artifacts are used to examine the jackal gods and their functions in the wider context of ancient Egyptian religion and follow their changing roles into the Graeco-Roman period and beyond.
The catalogue features 44 artifacts from the exhibition, some never before exhibited or published, many from University of Michigan excavations in Egypt, along with supplementary artifacts, archival photographs, vintage book illustrations and explanatory graphics. Modern pop cultural manifestations of the Egyptian jackal gods are included to document their persistence into the present.
Includes 181 colour illustrations.
Death Dogs Origins
Meet the Death Dogs
Death Dogs in Action
Graeco-Roman Death Dogs
Death Dogs into the Present
About the Author
T. G. Wilfong is Curator for Graeco-Roman Egypt at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology and Professor of Egyptology in the Department of Near Eastern Studies, University of Michigan. He has curated several exhibitions and has lectured and published widely on a range of topics relating to ancient Egypt. His most recent book is Life, Death, and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt: The Djehutymose Coffin in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology (2013). He is currently preparing a Kelsey Museum exhibition on ancient Egyptian jackal gods and working on his next book, Egyptian Anxieties.
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T. G. Wilfong
Kelsey Museum Publications
- Archaeology and the Cities of Late Antiquity in Asia Minor
- Building a New Rome - The Roman Colony of Pisidian Antioch (25 BC-300 AD)
- Cosmogonic Tattoos
- The Countryside of Aphrodisias
- Death Dogs - The Jackal Gods of Ancient Egypt
- Hours of Infinity - Recording the Imperfect Eternal
- In the Field - The Archaeological Expeditions of the Kelsey Museum
- Karanis Revealed - Discovering the Past and Present of a Michigan Excavation in Egypt
- Karanis, An Egyptian Town in Roman Times - Discoveries of the University of Michigan Expedition to Egypt (1924-1935)
- Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero - The Villas of Oplontis near Pompeii
- Life, Death and Afterlife in Ancient Egypt - The Coffin of Djehutymose in the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
- Passionate Curiosities - Tales of Collectors & Collections from the Kelsey Museum
- Pearls of Wisdom - The Arts of Islam at the University of Michigan
- Prehistorians Round the Pond - Reflections on Aegean Prehistory as a Discipline
- Rocks, Paper, Memory - Wendy Artin's Watercolor Paintings of Ancient Sculptures
- Tel Anafa II, ii - Glass Vessels, Lamps, Objects of Metal, and Groundstone and Other Stone Tools and Vessels
- This Fertile Land - Signs and Symbols in the Early Arts of Iran and Iraq