you know whats good? dogs. i love those good boys. theyre amazing. big dogs? perfect. small dogs? a work of art. medium sized dogs? hell yeah. i’m not fucking around here. and don’t forget those wild dogs. jackals? sign me up. coyotes? a blessing. hyenas? i am audibly screaming. foxes and wolves? this kills the man.
Death Dogs: The Jackal Gods of Ancient Egypt
February 6–May 3, 2015
Kelsey Museum, Ann Arbor, MI
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).