Mummified infant, no provenance, Egyptian, 2000-101BCE (see note).
Mummification was a complicated burial process common in ancient Egypt. First the internal organs were removed, apart from the heart, which was considered to be the seat of the mind and the emotions. The lungs, liver, intestines and stomach were placed in separate canopic jars, to be buried with the body. The body was then dried with natron for forty days. Once dried the fingers, toes, arms and legs were wrapped individually. The whole body was then wrapped in cloth with amulets and items to help the deceased see, hear, speak, taste and eat in the afterlife.
- Classical & Medieval Medicine
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overall (lying flat): 95 mm x 480 mm x 120 mm, .82 kg
- furnishing and equipment
- container - receptacle
- ceremonial container
- Wellcome Trust
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