Anubis Drapeaux
sequins, beads, stones
with monofilament on muslin
31" x 16"
© Ron Orpitelli 2006
This banner melds
influences from Haitian
voodoo banners with
religious symbols from
ancient Egypt.  The jackal  
Anubis was the god of the
dead, of cemeteries, and of
the mummification rituals.  
Unlike our dreaded specter of
death, "The Grim Reaper", he
was seen as a positive figure,
an advocate and protector of
the spirit during its final
judgement.  His images are
ubiquitous in artifacts from
ancient Egypt, and I felt he
would make a striking
transfer to the visual
languages of other religious
cultures such as voodoo.

I did stray a bit from the
Egyptian canon by
surrounding Anubis with
hieroglyphics signifying life
and prosperity, images not
usually associated with him.  
Extending their traditional
meaning to include
everlasting life seemed the
right thing to do in this case.