Flint knife, Egypt, 1000-401 BCE

Made:
1000-401 BCE in Egypt
maker:
Unknown

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Flint knife blade, foe opening the abdomen of the dead for evisceration prior to mummification, Egyptian, 1000 - 401
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Flint knife blade, for opening the abdomen of the dead for evisceration prior to mummification, Egyptian, 1000-401BC

Part of the process of mummification is the removal of all of the internal organs from the body apart from the heart, which was seen as the seat of the mind and emotions. Flint knives were used to make the first incision into the abdomen.

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Category:
Classical & Medieval Medicine
Object Number:
A634909
Materials:
flint, incomplete
Measurements:
overall (lying flat): 11 mm x 198 mm x 57 mm, .134 kg
type:
knife
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
credit:
Sotheby's

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