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Canopic jars

Jars like these seen below were used to protect the organs of the dead pharaoh.  They were clay jars with the heads of different gods for lids. The organs were dried using natron salt and then sealed within the jars.  A specific god was assigned each organ.  These organs were the liver, the stomach, the intestines, and the kidneys.  The heart was left inside the mummy because it was thought to be the essence of the person.


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