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Canopic Jars, 2 Definition(s)

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After the embalming, the intestines, liver, lungs, and stomach of a mummy were preserved in a set of four canopic jars which were usually made of cartonnage, faience, pottery, stone, or wood.

Different Deities protected each of the four jars:

  1. Qebehsenuf,
  2. Imsety,
  3. Hapi,
  4. Duamutef
Added: 06.Feb.2011 | Source: Angel Rainbows: Ancient Cultures: Egypt
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The organs were placed in for Canopic jars. One held the intestines, another the stomach, another the lungs, and the last one held the liver. Surprisingly, the Egyptians did not keep the brain at all. The heart was the most important organ of all, and was said to house the person's Ba or soul it was left in.

After the organs were removed, the body was stuffed with cotton and linen, and sewed back up. Next the eyes were removed, and replaced with either cotton, or fake eyeballs. After the body was finished, it was wrapped with strips of linen that had been soaked in embalming fluid. Finally it was covered with linen cloth, and bound carefully.

Added: 06.Feb.2011 | Source: Professor Page: Ancient Egypt
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