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For most people statues made of gold immediately bring to mind Egypt and it's statues, jewelry and other ancient treasures. The Egyptians believed that gold was a divine medal derived from the sun, and was therefore reserved for the Gods, Pharaohs and others of great importance. Gold was most commonly used for burial masks, jewelry (ankhs, necklaces, earrings), coins and statues of the Gods. The most famous gold statues are the mummies of the Gods, one of whom is Horus the falcon, the most famous God of ancient Egypt, generally depicted as a man with a falcon's head. According to Egyptian mythology Horus was the god of the sky, and son of Isis and Osiris.
Pharaohs of Egypt are considered to be manifestations of Horus. Anubis, God of the afterlife, was certainly worthy of gold. Half man, half jackal, Anubis is the protector of the dead and the head of all public funeral processions of Egypt. Other gods that have been adorned into gold statues include Ra, the God of Sun, Amun, the Father of Life, Seth, the God of Chaos, Ptah, Creator of Heaven and Earth, Nephthys, the Useful Goddess, and Thoth, who was assistant to the God of Sun, Ra.
Another iconic Egyptian statue is King Tutankhamen (or King Tut's) burial mask, made of twenty-four pounds of solid gold. The mummy was discovered by Howard Carter and is the most integral tomb ever found.
Egypt is far from the only part of the world that celebrates gold as a decor for the Gods. The golden statue of Buddha is a celebrated and notable gold figure. Located in Wat Traimit, also known as the Temple of the Golden Buddha, it is the world's largest solid-gold Buddha and weighs over 5 tons. Buddha statuettes are said to bring harmony, peace, luck, happiness, and good fortune to name a few of its attributes. Foo Dog statues, a dog with the head of a lion, are traditionally gold but are actually made of resin, a synthetic polymer. They are said to guard temples, fortress and any place of royal importance.
The neutrality arch in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan was built in 1988 under the command of President Saparmurat Niyazov. On top of the thirty-nine foot arch sits a gold plated statue of Niyazov, which continually revolves to face the sun.
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