A terracotta vase which stood on a garden patio for 20 years is actually an ancient Egyptian relic dating back 3,000 years.
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Terracotta vase is ancient Egyptian relic
Terracotta vase is ancient Egyptian relic
Terracotta vase is ancient Egyptian relic

A pot used as a garden ornament for 20 years has been identified as a Egyptian Canoptic funery jar dating back over 3000 years. The 13-inch high ornament with its distinctive pharaoh headdress was originally designed to hold the internal organs of the dead as part of the mummification process.

The Canoptic jar, complete with cover, was left outside in a garden in north Dorset until its owner decided to have it valued. Experts discovered that the lid of the ornament was modelled on the face of the Egyptian god Imseti, wearing a black striped wig.

The jar was designed to hold the liver and Imseti would have protected the organ for use in the afterlife, according to ancient tradition. The piece was dated between 1550-1069 BC and is now being sold at the auction house Duke's in Dorchester.

The owner of the ancient jar, who does not want to be named, said: "It came from an uncle who was a bit of a collector and when he died about 20 years ago it came to us.

Full Story: The Telegraph

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