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Stored Goods

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This life, proclaimed priests, was just a prelude to eternal life beyond the grave. However, to get there in one piece required a preserved body, so people who could afford it wished to have their corpse mummified. The wealthy went further. They stored vital organs in canopic jars that were often capped by stone busts of guardian deities.

Photograph by Kenneth Garrett, Egyptian Museum, Cairo
2002, previously unpublished in NGM
From Treasures of Egypt, 2003

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