Anubis is one of the iconic gods of ancient Egypt. Anubis is the Greek version of his name, the ancient Egyptians knew him as Anpu (or Inpu). Anubis was an extremely ancient deity whose name appears in the oldest mastabas of the Old kingdom and the Pyramid texts as a guardian and protector of the dead. He was originally a god of the underworld, but became associated specifically with the embalming process and funeral rites.
His name is from the same root as the word of a royal child, inpu. However, it is closely related to the word “inp” which means “to decay”.
The ancient Egyptians believed that the preservation of the body and the use of sweet-smelling herbs and plants would help the deceased because Anubis would sniff the mummy and only let the pure move on to paradise.
According to early myths, Anubis took on and defeated the nine bows (the collective name for the traditional enemies of Egypt) gaining a further epithet “Jackal ruler of the bows”.
Anubis is depicted in black, a color that symbolizes both rebirth and the discoloration pf the corpse after embalming. Portrayed as a man with a head of a Jackal holding the divine sceptre carried by kings and gods.
An exquisite piece that displays how Egyptians interpreted death in the ancient history and how they honored their lost ones.
This statue is hand engraved by skilled local Egyptian Craftsmen all the way from Luxor. The workshop is located in the area of Hatshepsut temple and managed by Ahmed Hassan, in which he is constantly inspired by the rich Pharaoh culture and history, and works his way into making statues of Egyptian gods and kings.
The Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut is one of the most beautiful of all of the temples of Ancient Egypt. It is located at Deir el-Bahri , at the head of the valley beneath the peak of the mountain (and natural pyramid) "Dehent". Hatshepsut's temple was named "Djeser-djeseru" ("holy of holies"). It sits directly against the rock which forms a natural amphitheatre around it so that the temple itself seems to grow from the living rock. The design of the temple echoes that of the Mortuary Temple of Montuhotep which is its neighbor. There is also a mortuary temple dedicated to Thuthmosis III and a number of Ptolemaic burials in the vicinity. Her temple is one of the most striking monuments in Ancient Egypt even in its semi-ruined state. It was designed by Senenmut (who according to some ancient and modern commentators was her lover) as a "garden for her father" (Amun) and exotic trees and shrubs from Punt (possibly Somalia) were planted the lower courtyard.