Gods of ancient Egypt: Anput

AnputMenkaure with Hathor on his left and Anput on his right copyright Gerard Ducher

Anput (Input) was the personification of the seventeenth nome of Upper Egypt. Her name is merely the female version of the name of her husband, Anubis (“t” is the feminine ending and Anubis was known as Anpu or Inpu to the Egyptians) and she is not often referred to except in relation to the seventeenth nome. However, Anput was thought to be the mother of Kebechet the goddess of purification.

She was depicted as a woman wearing a standard topped by a jackal, or as a large black dog or jackal. Probably the most notable example is that of the triad of Menkaure, Hathor and Anput. She was ocassionally depicted as a woman with the head of a jackal, but this is very rare.

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