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Mummies and Mummification: Third Intermediate Period

In the Third Intermediate Period the general treatment of the body was very similar to the New Kingdom. However, the viscera were often not removed, or placed back into the body, as if the treatment no longer required their removal for the preservation of the body. The embalmers concentrated now on making the corpse lifelike as possible. The face was painted and eyes in different material were placed into the eyeholes. An incision was made in the skin, and the body was filled with sawdust.

In the second half of the Third Intermediate Period the bodies were often placed in a mummy case made from cartonnage, forming a close fitted cover arranged around the mummy.


Ikram/Dodson 1998: 124-128


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