The city of London was met with an unusual sight a few weeks ago when a 25-foot statue of Anubis, the Egyptian god of the dead, made a trip down the Thames on the back of a cargo ship. The fiberglass statue’s journey ended in Trafalgar Square, where it rested for three days before being transferred to different locations throughout the city.
Anubis’s appearance is a precursor to the November 15th opening of the Tutankhamun and The Golden Age Of The Pharaohs exhibition, which will be housed in London’s O2 bubble (formerly the Millenium Dome). Sponsored by the National Geographic Society, the exhibition will showcase over 130 artifacts found in the tomb of Egyptian King Tutankhamun, allowing visitors to marvel at treasures such as the golden diadem worn by the king, or the gold coffinettes that once cradled his internal organs. Over 300,000 tickets have already been sold or reserved for the exhibition, which just completed a three-year tour around the U.S.
Anubis—believed by the Ancient Egyptians to have escorted the dead to the underworld—was “protecting the Tutankhamun exhibition as it [left] America . . . for the U.K.,” Visit London spokesman Ken Kelling told the Associated Press.
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