The Egyptian God Anubis Deathmask
One of the many reasons that a study of ancient Egypt is so interesting is the abundance of fascinating cultural artifacts surrounding their beliefs in the afterlife and the many gods that influenced their daily lives. Bobby and I could not resist the temptation to expand our focus on one god in particular- Anubis, the jackal god of the afterlife.
Anubis is the Egyptian god of mummification and the afterlife as well as the patron god of lost souls and the helpless. He is one of the oldest gods of Egypt, who most likely developed from the earlier (and much older) jackal god Wepwawet with whom he is often confused. Anubis' image is seen on royal tombs from the First Dynasty of Egypt (c. 3150-2890 BCE) but it is certain he had already developed a cult following prior to this period in order to be invoked on the tomb's walls for protection.
Our death mask is going to be different and score very high on the "radically cool scale" for Egyptian artifacts. Here's how...
A quick scan of the Internet revealed a number of different mask designs ranging from a more traditional appearance to an alien, renegade biker design. Ideally, we would like our mask design to fall somewhere in between historical accuracy and "Cosplay Cool". We are going to use sculpting foam for the ears and snout secured to a contractor's hat for comfort and support. We may try EVA foam for the headress.
May the gods favor our design and grant us relief from our suffering!
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Anubis has a very elongated nose with a pair of really, really large ears. We are going to use a contractor's hat as a base for our design. Sculpting foam should help to keep the weight down and hopefully, the weight of the ears will offset or balance the weight of the snout. The first step in our construction is to secure a foam head to a wood stand using a 3/4 wood dowel and carpenter's glue. After a quick trip to Michael's we were able to find what we needed. Next, we cut our pink foam board into smaller strips and laminated them together. The longer of the foam strips will be used for Anubis' ears which are one of the most prominent features of our mask.
We applied carpenter's glue to our foam and then used hobby clamps to press the two foam pieces together until the glue sets overnight. We will begin carving a rough outline of the ears during the next step.
Bobby and I made templates of Anubis' ears out of cardboard and then transferred the pattern to the pink laminated foam. A few passes under the band saw yielded some impressive but still rough ears.
Our whte contractor's hat came with an adjustable head band which provided a really secure yet comfortable fit. We will use the plastic hat as the base for our mask construction. Once we assembled the hat, we made a mockup of Anubis' snout using spare pieces of cardboard. We also decided that the hat must be trimmed for a leaner look. We will use our Dremel stylus to make the necessary cuts and then reorient the snout , eyes and ears.
Our contractor's hat now has a more narrow contour after trimming off some of the excess plastic around the outer brim. After rough sanding the snout, we have added more foam to the sides to buildup the cheeks of our mask. Next, we drilled two pilot holes into each side of the helmet where the foam ears will be mounted. We will use wooden dowels to help anchor each ear to the helmet. Pictured to the right, you can see how our ears will look on our mask.