Egypt: Naga el-Deir, Nagada, Abadiyeh Predynastic Period, ca. 3600-3200 B.C. Gifts of the Harvard University-Museum of Fine Arts Egyptian Expedition, 1921; the Egyptian Research Account, 1895; and the Egypt Exploration Fund and Chicago Woman's Club, 1899 OIM 11488 (body)
Around the body were grouped clay jars containing food and drink and a slate palette with grinding stone, used to pulverize mineral pigments for cosmetics. All were intended for use in the next life.
This "mummy," created by naturally occurring environmental conditions, predates Egyptian embalming practices of the pharaonic period by hundreds of years.
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