Anput
Anput.jpg
Name in hieroglyphs
M17N35
Q3
E15X1
H8
Symboljackal, canopic jars, mummy gauze
ConsortAnubis
OffspringKebechet
Anput (right) depicted on a triad statue with Hathor and the Pharaoh Menkaure
Anput (right) depicted on a triad statue with Hathor and the Pharaoh Menkaure
Hathor, King Menkaura, and Anput
Hathor, King Menkaura, and Anput

Anput is a goddess in ancient Egyptian religion. Her name is written in hieroglyphs as jnpwt (reconstructed in Middle Egyptian as /ʔan.ˈpa.wat/ or /jan.ˈpa.wat/).[1] In English, her name also is rendered as Anupet, Input, Inpewt, and Yineput.[1] As the female counterpart of her husband, Anubis, who was known as jnpw to the Egyptians, Anput's name ends in a feminine "t" suffix when seen as jnpwt.

She was often depicted as a pregnant or nursing jackal, or as a jackal wielding knives. She also is depicted as a woman, with a headdress showing a jackal recumbent upon a feather, as seen in the statue of the triad of Hathor, Menkaure, and Anput. She occasionally is depicted as a woman with the head of a jackal, but this is very rare.[2]

Mythology

Anput is the female counterpart of the god Anubis.[3] She is also a goddess of the seventeenth nome of Upper Egypt.[4] She is also considered the protector of the body of Osiris.

References

  1. ^ a b Seawright, Caroline (October 8, 2001). "Anubis, God of Embalming and Guide and Friend of the Dead". Archived from the original on 8 January 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  2. ^ Hill, J (2010). "Gods of ancient Egypt: Anput". Ancient Egypt Online. Retrieved 5 June 2017.
  3. ^ Wilkinson, Richard H. (2003). The Complete Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt. Thames & Hudson. p. 190
  4. ^ DuQuesne, Terence (2007), Anubis, Upwawet, and Other Deities: Personal Worship and Official Religion in Ancient Egypt, p. 20