Sunday, August 10, 2014

News: Objects from Tutankhamun’s War Chariots to be Restored

Gold-leaf decoration showing a hunting-scene 
(a dog and a griffin attacking an ibex) 
borrowing motifs from Levantine art.
Image: Christian Eckmann
The tomb of Tutankhamun was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922, but even now some of the amazing treasures it held are unknown to most of us. Decorated gold leaf-on-leather objects forms one such group which is currently undergoing restoration by an Egyptian-German team at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

The objects, which have never been adequately studied, were part of Tutankhamun’s war chariots, the trappings of the horses and the sheaths of weapons. Although they are not presently in good condition it is clear that they posses an unusual beauty.

Cultural interconnections
The designs encompass a combination of Egyptian and Levantine motifs which illustrates the political and cultural interconnections between Egypt and the city-states of the Levant in the 14th century BCE.

A team of restoration specialists and archaeologists from the Egyptian Museum Cairo, the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum Mainz (the leading German Institution for scientific restoration), the Institute of Near Eastern Archaeology of the University of Tübingen (which excavated and studied similar objects at the site of ancient Qatna in Syria) and the German Archaeological Institute Cairo have now embarked on a project to carry out a full archaeological and technological analysis of the artefact group.

Specialised training
Thanks to funding provided by the Federal Republic of Germany, a specialised restoration lab has been set up at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. To support professional development, scholarships are being offered to Egyptian restorers to receive specialised training at the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum in Mainz, Germany.

The project will be conducted over three years, after which there will be a public exhibition of the objects in the Egyptian Museum.
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