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Canopic Jars



During mummification the internal organs were removed and placed in four containers. These containers often have human or animal-headed stoppers. The word, canopic, comes from the Greek name of the local god of Canopus in the Nile delta, who was represented as a human-headed pot. Canopic jars can be made of limestone, alabaster, wood, pottery, or even cartonnage. The heads of the canopic jar represented the Four Sons of Horus
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From left to right they are;

Duamutef: The jackal or wild dog headed guardian of the stomach
Qebekh-sennuef: The falcon headed guardian of the intestines
Hapy: The baboon headed guardian of the lungs
Imsety: The human headed guardian of the liver

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