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A painting in the tomb of Inherkha. A priest wearing the mask of Horus is performing the Opening of the Mouth ritual. The purpose of the ceremonial Opening of the Mouth was to restore to the deceased the use of the senses, thus restoring life in the next world. Country of Origin: Egypt. Culture: Ancient Egyptian. Date/Period: 20th dynasty c.1186-1070BC. Place of Origin: Deir el-Medina, West Thebes. Credit Line: Werner Forman Archive/ E.Strouhal Location: 101.