Canopic jar and lid

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Canopic Jar with lid, Middle Kingdom
Geographical origin unknown

Museum number 1976-680

The Egyptians preserved the internal organs of the human body. The liver, lungs, stomach and intestines, removed during the process of mummification, were placed in jars and remained in the tomb with the mummy. Originally, the lids of the jars were in the form of human heads, like this one. From the 19th Dynasty they take the form of the falcon, human, jackal and baboon, representing the four children of Horus, the god of Kingship.

Canopic jar and lid
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