Bronze knife used in mummification, Egypt, 600-200 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. These knives would have been used to cut the organs from the body prior to embalming. However, in ancient Egypt there were no specialised knives, so these examples made from bronze and copper may also have been used in the home f…