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Set of four canopic jars

Late Period, Dynasty 27-30, 656-332 B.C.

Limestone, from Abusir el-Melek

As part of the mummification process, the ancient Egyptian embalmers removed several of the internal organs from the body. These were treated and placed into four vases, commonly called Canopic Jars. The lids were often in the shape of the heads of the Four Sons of Horus. It is interesting to observe, however, that the ancient Egyptians had no regard for the human brain which was removed and discarded.

Photo courtesy of Roemer und Pelizaeus Museum

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