It is stated that this marvelous piece was also used to cut the umbilical cord after birth and to open the mouth of the deceased. The ritual’s purpose was to awaken the dead man’s senses, including his mouth, eyes, and hearing so that he could put them to use in the hereafter by reviving the power trapped inside statues of deities and his mummies. At first, these rites would be carried out before a statue honoring the departed. It was in the 18th Dynasty that the mummy started to take the place of the statue. This granite implementation dates back around 4 000 years.

Group 12 The Met, New York