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Egyptian Canopic Jars

 

Canopic Jars were the containers used to hold the internal organs that were removed from the body before mummification and embalmed seperately. The stoppers of the jars were each shaped like the head of one of the minor funerary deities known as the 'Four Sons of Horus'. It was the job of these four deities to protect the internal organs of the deceased; the Ancient Egyptians firmly believed that the deceased required his or her organs in order to be reborn in the Afterlife.
The baboon-headed Hapy guarded the lungs. The human-headed Imsety was the guardian of the liver. Jackal-headed Duamutef guarded the stomach and upper intestines and falcon-headed Qebehsenuef guarded the lower intestines.

The following Egyptian canopic jars, hand made in Luxor from hamr stone, can be purchased in the Egyptian Dreams shop. Click on an image to visit the shop.

 
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