Ancient Egyptian. Carved, semi-polished black limestone seated jackal/dog with a cobra underneath his chin. Hieroglyphs to the base. Dirt patina. Ptolemaic. 305-30 BC (6 ½” x 7” x 2 ½”).
Jackal, or “desert dog”, is sacred to Anubis—the god who presided over mummification and accompanied the dead to the hereafter.