Egyptian God of the Underworld Anubis with Scepter Funerary Statue

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Egyptian Jackal God Anubis

Egyptian God of the Underworld Anubis with Scepter Funerary Statue

Anubis, the Egyptian Funerary God

[Temple of Abidos, Egypt. 19th.Dynasty 1317 B.C.]

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 embalmings.

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 would be weighed.

Anubis was the Guardian of Offerings brought to the ceremony by heirs of the deceased and he also guarded the mummy from evil forces in the night. When the body was embalmed, a priest wearing a jackal mask acted as Anubis's representative. 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 is shown carrying the long ‘waas’ scepter and the crook and flail, symbols of kingship.

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 seventy days.

First, the body had ritual washings, 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.

8.75 inches tall / 22.22cm and

Material: warm faux bronze finished resin