Other Names:

Imyut, Anubis Fetish, Flayed-skin Motif

Meaning of Name:

"He Who is in His Wrappings"



A symbol that has baffled Egyptologists for centuries, the Imiut was a headless and pawless animal, often a feline, canine, or bull, which was tied to a pole. One end of the pole was set in a pot for stability, standing upright. Often the blood of the animal was shown dripping into the pot. Although its origin and purpose is unknown, the Imiut dates as far back as to the 1st Dynasty. One idea is that it represents a sacrificial animal, or that it symbolizes Anubis as an embalmer. In some instances the Imiut was thought to be a deity.

It is theorized that the Imiut had a protective purpose, as it was placed near the royal throne and depicted in Egyptian temples. There were sometimes models of the Imiut included with the funerary equipment - two made of gold were found in the burial chamber of Tutankhamen. Some theories associate the Imiut with the flayed skin of the god Nemty.

Egyptian Symbols