The first time I moved out to live on my own was such an exciting experience because not only was it a rite of passage into greater personal freedom, but it also meant that I could decorate my place to suit my style.
Back when I was in high school, interior-decorating shows were some of my favourite programs to watch. I learned so much about colour theory, making the most of small spaces, and clever ways to add personality to a room.
So when I was able to really put what I learned into a concrete project, I was over the moon and into the stars!
Among some of the many home-decor items I found and fell in love with were three badass sculptures of Egyptian gods. To this day, they’re still some of my favourite items.
Come see more detailed photos of each sculpture, and I’ll also tell you a brief background on each of the gods.
Often seen carrying a sacred sceptre, this chill dude with a jackal head deals with people’s passage into the underworld. His chief responsibilities include protecting the journey of the deceased into the afterlife and overseeing the embalming process.
Jackals often hung around tombs, and the early Egyptians called upon Anubis in hopes that they’d protect their deceased loved ones from the jackals.
You don’t want to get on his bad side because he determines the fate of souls. (Yeah, better send him some chocolate-chip cookies the next time you do some baking. :P)
Is Maat Your Homegirl?
You can think of her partially as Lady Justice because she’s responsible for upholding the truth and ensuring that there’s balance, order, and morality.
You’ll notice that she likes to accessorize with a feather. (She was waaay ahead of the feather-hair trend!) Except instead of using it for fashion, she uses that feather to weigh souls. That feather helps her determine whether or not souls of the dead will achieve happiness in the afterlife.
Isis Is So Fly!
She’s supposed to be the ultimate wife and mother, protecting children and the dead.
Her name literally means “throne”, and she’s often depicted with a throne on top of her head. However, here, she sports the hieroglyphic symbol for a throne.
According to Egyptian mythology, Isis brought her brother (Osiris) back to life after he had been murdered. For some time, when the Nile River flooded each year, people said that it was due to Isis’ tears as she wept for Osiris.
Hope you enjoyed this really brief blog post. I’ve been wanting to share photos of these sculptures with you ever since I first began the Smorgasbord Sundays feature!
Do you enjoy reading Egyptian or Greek mythology? Which god intrigues you the most? Do you believe in the afterlife?