Anubis atop his shrine guards the golden canopic shrine just as depicted among the artifacts in the nearby Harry Burton black and white photo from the tomb Treasury in 1923. Oversized Burton photos throughout the exhibit recall the precise details of the tomb as it was discovered in 1922.
The black jackal god at first seems smaller than his archetype in the raised case in Cairo because here we can enjoy the carrying poles down at floor level. Its glint of bright new gold must look much like the shrine did 3300 years ago when the shrine was new.
The canopic shrines stand six and a half feet tall. First a frame with four hieroglyphic inscribed posts surrounds the outer shrine, topped by gilded and painted cobras crowned with gold sun disks. Standing on the sledge four protective goddesses, Selket, Nephthys, Neith and Isis each spread their arms to protect one side of the shrine. [In the tomb they stood on the sled but are set out on the base here.] An emblen on each one's head identifies the goddess. Gold shallow reliefs depict scenes of a god or goddess reaching out to one of the canopic deities on each side of the shrine.
Inside that shrine was another shrine carved of alabaster to hold the four canopic jars. One of the stoppers in the shape of an alabaster portrait of King Tut appears elsewhere in the exhibit. In Tut's tomb two pairs of these portrait stoppers faced each other in place of the typical four canopic gods. They topped four golden Tut coffinettes which held the king's internal organs. The gold coffinettes, 16" tall in Cairo, are scaled down here.
An additional free standing Selket statue is a special treat since the bodies of the four protective goddesses all face the shrine. Selket is stunning entirely in gold—her eyes and brows are lined with black, a cloth headdress supports a scorpion, and her body is sensuously draped with a pleated linen dress.
The MOR exhibit guide captions the shrine as the "Golden Shrine and Tutelary Goddesses." Cute pun on Tut.
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