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Egyptian Canopic Jars - Unique Egypt Blog

A set of four stone or ceramic containers made to hold the mummified internal organs of the deceased. Each jar was associated with one of the FOUR sANs OF Horus, and each held a different organ. The lids of the jars represented the head of the sons. Messi, the human-headed son, was the guardian of the liver; Duamutef, the jackal-headed son, was the guardian of the stomach; Hapi, the baboon-headed son, was the guardian of the lungs; Qebesenef, the hawk-headed son, was the guardian of the intestines.

The internal organs were wrapped and placed in the canopic jars with a solution of NATRON and water called the “liquid of the children of Horus.” The four sealed jars were placed in a small chest with four compartments, one for each jar, and a magical spell was recited to invoke the protection of the sons of Horus. In addition to this incantation, magical spells were usually written on each jar to doubly ensure the protection of the organs.

Canopic jars took their name from the Greek legend of Canopus, the pilot of Menelaus, the king of

Egyptian Canopic Jars


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