Egypt to restore Tutankhamun’s beard after botched repair

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SHAFAQNA – Pharaoh’s gold burial mask will be removed from display for restoration work more than a year after beard was glued on with epoxy.

The restoration of King Tutankhamun’s gold mask will begin on Saturday, more than a year after the beard was accidentally broken off and hastily glued back with epoxy, Egypt’s state-run news agency has said.

A German-Egyptian team will remove the mask from its display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and repair it in another area of the museum, Mena reported.

The 3,300-year-old pharaonic burial mask was discovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb along with other artefacts by British archeologists in 1922, triggering worldwide interest in archaeology and ancient Egypt.

The beard became detached during work on the relic’s lighting in August 2014 and then was hastily reattached with epoxy.

In a press conference in January by Egypt’s antiquities ministry, days after the botched reattachment came to light, restoration specialist Christian Eckmann said the epoxy could be removed and the mask properly restored. Eckmann said the beard had probably loosened over the years and had been detached previously.

The mask is one of the best-known pieces in the museum, one of Cairo’s main tourist sites, which was built in 1902 and houses artefacts and mummies of ancient Egyptian rulers.

 

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