Death Dogs: The Jackal Gods of Ancient Egypt
February 6–May 3, 2015
The exhibition “Death Dogs” will explore the history of some unusual mythical beings: Anubis, Wepwawet, and the other jackal gods of ancient Egypt. From wild, scavenging dogs in prehistory to Egyptian deities of embalming and protection, these gods have fascinated and disturbed people from ancient times to the present. Using artifacts in the Kelsey Museum, this exhibition will identify the most important Egyptian jackal gods and decipher their complex roles in Egyptian religion and understandings of death and the afterlife. The show will also explore the lasting appeal of these dogs as vivid symbols of ancient Egypt in modern times.
Image: Egyptian jackal god Anubis from the coffin of Djehutymose, around 625–580 BC, Nag el-Hassiya, Egypt (KM 1989.3.1).