Egyptian artifact possibly over 3,000 years old seized by Memphis customs officials

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On Aug. 17, U.S Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers at the Memphis port seized a shipment from Europe.

The shipment was listed as an ancient Egyptian artifact, an antique stone sculpture over 100 years old, according to a press release.

It was being sent from a dealer to a private buyer in the U.S.

CBP officers worked with the University of Memphis Institute of Egyptian Art and Archaeology, to determine if the artifact was authentic.

After investigating, it is an Egyptian canopic jar lid of the funeral deity named Imsety.

Canopic jars were used to hold the internal organs of mummies and Imsety specifically protected the deceased’s liver, according to a press release.

The lid is likely from the Egyptian Third Intermediate Period, 1069 BC to 653 BC, making it potentially 3,000 years old.

The artifact was turned over to Homeland Security Investigations for further examination.

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