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Mummification. Historical artwork of ancient Egyptians embalming (mummifing) a body. After death the ancient Egyptians would immerse the body in bicarbonate of soda, inject the arteries with balsams, and remove the contents of the torso and replace them with bituminous and aromatic substances. Finally the body was wrapped in cloths (as seen here). When a pharaoh was mummified a death mask (centre left) made of gold and lapis lazuli was also made and placed on the mummy's head. The process was done to preserve the body. This kept a person's life-force intact according to Egyptian belief.
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