Anubis God of the Dead Egyptian Relief, Marble Base 9H -
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 embalming ceremonies. After a funeral, Anubis would take the deceased by the hand and introduce him 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. He also was the guardian of the Sacred Esoteric Mysteries.
Reproduced after an original from Temple of Abydos, Egypt. 19th Dynasty 1300 B.C.
Relief fragment is made from hand-finished bonded stone and measures 7.75 in H x 4.5 in W x 1.25 in D. It comes attached to a marble base. With the base, the overall measurements are 9 in H x 6 1/8 in W x 2 3/8 in D. Weight 4 lbs.
The marble base makes the relief self standing. It looks like a wall fragment just removed from an ancient Egyptian tomb. (E-110SPM)
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