Sunday, January 24, 2016

News, Cairo: Officials Referred to Trial Over Damaging Priceless King Tut’s Mask

German restorer Christian Eckmann is the restoration project leader
(Photo: Mai Shaheen)


CAIRO: A botched attempt to glue King Tutankhamen’s beard to its burial mask after it was knocked off will be brought to court, after eight officials were accused of damaging the priceless artifact, according to Youm7.

The relic was repaired and put on exhibit in December 2015, few months after the glue was discovered in January on display at the Egyptian Museum.

The incident that stirred uproar in media and among archeologists reportedly occurred in August 2014, after a hasty repair by museum workers to the beard, which they accidently separated from the boy king’s mask.

The Administrative prosecution ruled to send former manager of the museum, former director of restoration department at the museum and six restoration specialists to trial, Youm7 reported Saturday.

The officials are facing charges of damaging the mask, covering up on the separated beard by reattaching it with glue, which caused deformation of the artifact.

Considered the most important artifact displayed in the Egyptian Museum, the mask is around 3,300 years old, and it was discovered in 1922.

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