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Egyptian god floats up Thames
Statue of Egyptian god
One of the traditional duties of Anubis was to guide the dead
A towering golden statue of an Egyptian god has been taken up the Thames standing on the back of a cargo ship.

Tower Bridge was raised to allow the 25ft (7.6m) statue of Anubis to travel to its position in Trafalgar Square.

The installation is to mark the opening of Tutankhamun And The Golden Age Of The Pharaohs at the O2 Bubble.

The five-tonne statue arrived in London from the US where a three-year touring exhibition of the pharaoh's treasures has just ended.

The exhibition will be the first to be held at the O2 Bubble venue, and about 265,000 tickets have already been sold.

It will run from 15 November 2007 to 30 August 2008, and showcase more than 130 Egyptian treasures dated from 3,000 to 5,000 years ago.

In ancient Egypt Anubis was known as the god of the dead who would guide them in the after-life and judge their sins.


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