Saturday, December 20, 2008
DFW Intl. Airport erects 26-ft. Anubis statue at Founders Plaza
Santa presides over the ceremonies, as the ancient Egyptian protector of tombs and lord of the underworld holds a candy cane in lieu of his usual staff.
In a rather bizarre blending of cultural traditions, Santa Claus - sporting ancient Egyptian headwear - welcomed the erection of a 26-foot statue of Anubis, dog-headed god of the underworld and protector of the dead, at a place of prominence at Founders' Plaza on the grounds of DFW International Airport on Friday (Dec. 19).
The Dallas Museum of Art/DFW Airport collaborative effort is billed as a way to draw attention (and, hopefully, travelers) to the Museum's current Egyptian-themed exhibit, "Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs."
Almost forgot to mention: in honor of the holidays, the dour god wields a candy cane instead of his usual staff of office.
posted by JM
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