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Canopic jar, Egypt, 2000 BCE-100 CE

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Glossary: liver

Organ that plays a major role in metabolism, digestion, and elimintation of substances in the body.In the warm-blooded animals the liver is usually of a dark reddish-brown colour. In man it is situated below the diaphragm, and is divided by fissures into five lobes. A human can last only 24 hours without liver function.

Glossary: canopic jar

Stone or ceramic jars in which the ancient Egyptians preserved the internal organs of a deceased person as part of their burial practices.