1123: Anubis

I have always been fascinated by Egyptian symbology, myths and ancient artforms. The very pictorial style is angular, stylised, often animal-based and very interesting. Anubis is the god of funerary rites, protector of graves, and guide to the underworld, in ancient Egyptian religion, usually depicted as a canine or a man with a canine head:

I am currently watching STARGATE, a few episodes at a time with my son. I began watching it back in the days of free-to-air broadcasting but, for whatever reason I stopped (prolly because I had a life and no longer had time/access to episodes). The series premise is interesting, and I particularly love their hijacking of Egyptian gods/mythos as the “baddies”, as well as the whole aesthetic.

I wish I could remember where I first found this Crease pattern (CP). It has been in my “must try this, sometime” pile for a couple of years and I finally got around to it when looking for something to fold with my second bit of treated Wenzhou rice paper (not made of rice, is a fine and resilient mulberry). I also wish I knew the designer – can anyone help me out here as I would love to give proper attribution?

The CP seemed pretty straight forward – indeed the collapse was quite natural (I did not do my usual “parachuting” as I tried to collapse key details in the order that seemed most logical), and resulted in a base with a myriad of stickey-outey parts in more or less correct locations. I am so pleased with my developing CP solving skills – a loooooong way to go, but every success encourages me further.

I have been folding/shaping this model for nearly a month – the body proportions only work for a slender but really built torso. Thank goodness for Wenzhou as it is thin and tough as nails – many a time I shaped a feature, hated it, undid it and re-did it without paper fatigue. In pictures of the original designer’s version, Anubus is holding a curved crook shaped staff, but I decided to change it into a Stargate blaster weapon, and think that choice holds up pretty well.

There is so much detail here. Featured hands hold a long pole-based weapon. the body is fully featured, from a severe canine head, through scant body armor, a ripped 6-pack, perilously perched loin cloth to poseable legs – quite an amazing design. I am particularly happy with the shaping I managed here – again a result of time and restraint.

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