Sketchbook Page 13: Anubis

September 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

Anubis: from Egyptian Sketchbook

The Egyptian god Anubis was often depicted as a man with the head of a jackel. His distinctive black colouration (suggesting not only rotting flesh but also the colour of the rich soil of the Nile valley)  is considered symbolic of his role in the afterlife.

This is the fifth of a series of preliminary sketches for a series of much larger drawings (measuring 1.5m x 1.5m) that will represent the skulls of various Egyptian animal-headed deities at a god-like scale (see also Sketchbook Page 9: The Set(h) Animal, Sketchbook Page 10: Thoth, Sketchbook Page 11: Horus and Sketchbook page 12: Bastet.

The tribal tattoo motifs on this drawing connect with those on the Jawbone of the Whale (see Sketchbook Page 1) and with those on Bastet (see Sketchbook Page 12).

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