Wednesday, December 16, 2015

News, Cairo: Tutankhamun Mask Back on Display Following Restoration

The golden mask of Pharaoh King Tutankhamun was put back on display for visitors at the Egyptian Museum on Wednesday, following renovations.

The restoration process for the mask, one of Egypt’s priceless ancient treasures, took eight weeks.

An uproar broke out in January when it was disclosed that during the restoration, the chin from the mask broke off. It was then reported that the wrong type of glue was used to reattach the chin.

Earlier, the German government has offered Egypt a grant of €50,000 for the restoration of Tutankhamun's golden mask.

In January, the Egyptian Museum acknowledged that in August 2014 its staff accidentally detached the mask's blue and gold beard while changing the display's light bulbs and hurriedly glued it back on with epoxy resin, damaging the artifact.

Tutankhamun died aged 19 in 1324 BC after just nine years on the throne. His final resting place was discovered by another British Egyptologist, Howard Carter, in 1922.

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