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Monday, November 30, 2009

"King Tut"

Excuse the pun but this exhibit must be getting old for a lot of people around the world but the one now showing at the Art Gallery of Ontario is quite spectacular to me. Some recent up dates from other Pharaohs and such. I was and still remain captivated by the fact that one, I saw about a 4000 year old toilet seat and two that there was such artistry and no doubt misery and slavery back then, after all someone had to haul those stones to build the pyramids and such. Nonetheless a spectacular display of richness and power not to mention innovation.

The Anubis that guards the outside of the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) is representative of their belief in gods of various sorts, sun, wind, jackal, etc.Anubis is an ancient god, the god of the dead before Osiris took over. He then became one of Osiris's many sons. There is a statue of him as a full jackal in the tomb of King Tut. Rarely is Anubis shown fully human. Anubis' totem is probably due to the fact that jackal's would hunt at the edges of the desert, near the necropolis and cemeteries near Egypt. Makes sens to me.

Here however he is allowing the souls of the living to enter a replica domain to gain a better understanding of those thousands of years ago. It was amazing to see actual treasures including a small bed that King Tutankhamun must have lain on and the solid gold sandals found on his feet to help him through the underworld of death.The exhibit is there until April 2010.

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