Anubis - San Jose, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2
N 37° 20.008 W 121° 55.376
10S E 595414 N 4132409
Quick Description: This sculpture is located in San Jose's Rosicrucian Egyptian Museum.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 1/20/2015 9:17:40 AM
Waymark Code: WMN8R9
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
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Long Description:
The placard accompanying the piece informs us that the wood scupture is from the Late Egyptian Period and that it depicts Anubis, the jackal god who ensure the successful passage to the afterlife.

Wikipedia (visit link) adds:

"Anubis ...is the Greek name of a jackal-headed god associated with mummification and the afterlife in ancient Egyptian religion.

Like many ancient Egyptian deities, Anubis assumed different roles in various contexts. Depicted as a protector of graves as early as the First Dynasty (c. 3100 – c. 2890 BC), Anubis was also an embalmer. By the Middle Kingdom (c. 2055 – 1650 BC), Anubis was replaced by Osiris in his role as Lord of the underworld. One of his prominent roles was as a god who ushered souls into the afterlife. He attended the weighing scale during the "Weighing of the Heart," in which it was determined whether a soul would be allowed to enter the realm of the dead. Despite being one of the most ancient and "one of the most frequently depicted and mentioned gods" in the Egyptian pantheon, however, Anubis played almost no role in Egyptian myths.

Anubis was depicted in black, a color that symbolized both rebirth and the discoloration of the corpse after embalming. Anubis is associated with Wepwawet (also called Upuaut), another Egyptian god portrayed with a dog's head or in canine form, but with grey or white fur. Historians assume that the two figures were eventually combined. Anubis' female counterpart is Anput. His daughter is the serpent goddess Kebechet."
Time Period: Ancient

Approximate Date of Epic Period: 2000 BC

Epic Type: Religous

Exhibit Type: Figure, Statue, 3D Art

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