Anubis, the Egyptian Funerary God Museum Replica Statue
Anubis statue. Anubis, God of the Dead, represented with a head of a jackal or simply as a jackal, opened the road to the other world and presided over the embalming of the body. When the body was embalmed, a priest wearing a jackal mask acted as Anubis's representative.
After a funeral, Anubis would take the deceased by the hand and introduce the entity into the presence of the sovereign judges where the soul of the deceased was weighed.
The Guardian of Offerings brought to the ceremony by heirs of the deceased, he also guarded the mummy against evil forces during the night. Anubis also guarded the Sacred Esoteric Mysteries.
The origin of this God lay in the fact that jackals could be heard howling in the desert to the west of the Nile at sunset at the time when burials took place. Here, Anubis reclines as his jackal self.
The process of mummification
For the Egyptians, death was transitory and the mummification allowed the deceased to be prepared for the trip to the underworld and immortality. The process of mummification lasted 70 days.
First, the body was ritually washed, then most of the brain was taken out through an opening in the nose. The rest was dissolved with aromatic products. The heart, lungs and viscera were taken out and placed in four jars. The heart was replaced by one of ceramic or stone. The body submerged for seventy days in dry natron became incorruptible and finally it was washed, dried and bandaged with fine linen at the same time that sacred formulas were chanted.
[Temple of Abidos, Egypt. 19th.Dynasty 1317 B.C.]
11 inches long
Material: hand painted resin