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Flint knife, Egypt, 1000-401 BCE

Part of the process of mummification is the removal of all of the internal organs from the body apart from the heart, which was seen as the seat of the mind and emotions. Flint knives were used to make the first incision into the abdomen.

Object number:

A634909

 

Glossary:

Glossary: knife

A (usually) metal blade used as a cutting tool with usually one long sharp edge fixed rigidly in a handle or a hinged case.

Glossary: mummification

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Glossary: flint

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Glossary: abdomen

Part of the body located below the chest. It contains the digestive organs (stomach, kidneys, intestines, liver, etc). In women it also contains the ovaries and uterus.