Guardian dog sculpture

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    Photo: William Arnett, 1986
Concrete, plaster, and paint

The guardian dog (closest to the street of any of the garden’s sculptures) is a common motif in African American funerary traditions. This dog’s form and pose, however, are also substantially those of a far-distant guardian, the Egyptian jackal god Anubis, protector of the dead. (A famous jackal effigy guarded Tutankhamen’s sarcophagus.)