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CREDIT: ©2008 Sandro Vannini
CAPTION: Tutankhamun Canopic Coffinette
Each of the four miniature coffins of Tutankhamun held a different internal organ, and this one originally contained the stomach. Guarded by distinct gods, this container had the protection of both Duamutef and the goddess Neith, deities named in the inscription on the front. The goddess also appears on the underside of the lid, along with a spell inscribed inside the coffinette from the Book of the Dead. Traces around the name of Tutankhamun suggest that the king appropriated this exquisitely inlaid golden container.