A miniature ornament based on the 'Canopic jars' of ancient Egypt (measures approx. 15cm tall).
Canopic jars were used by the Ancient Egyptians during the mummification process to store and preserve the internal organs of their owner for the afterlife. They were commonly either carved from stone or made of pottery.
Each organ was placed in a jar of its own: the stomach, intestines, lungs and liver. The design of these jars changed over time. In the Old Kingdom the jars had plain lids, though by the First Intermediate Period jars with human heads (assumed to represent the dead) began to appear.
This ornament is in the shape of Anubis, the ancient Egyptian god of the dead.