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Wednesday, March 16, 2016
News, Giza: Late Period Papyrus and Tutankhamun's Arrows Restored for GEM
priceless material - which will be featured at the soft opening of the Grand
Museuem has suffered from wrongful restoration and too many trips between
various homes. Written By/Nevine El-Aref.
The Late Period Papyrus
at the restoration laboratory for organic artefacts at the Grand Egyptian
Museum (GEM) at the Giza Plateau is in full swing to prepare all the objects
that would be put on display at the museum soft opening in 2018 for the show.
GEM restorers are currently working on two very distinguished organic
artefacts: a papyrus of the Late Period queen Hent Taw Set Hathor and king
Tutankhamun’s hunt arrows collection, GEM officials say.
Kamal, head of the technical affairs at the GEM restoration centre, told Ahram
Online that the papyrus includes seven parts of hieroglyphic written in black
and red ink. But, regretfully, Kamal revealed, that the papyrus is in a bad shape.
inadequate restoration work, Kamal explains, is to blame for the deterioration
in the condition of the papyrus; this was compounded by wear-and-tear resulting
from repeated movement between various museums.
Tutankhamun's Arrows Collection
papyrus was originally located in the Boulaq museum, then transferred to the
Egyptian Museum in Tahrir before finally reaching the GEM.
added that restorers have used a state-of –the-art techniques to conserve the
papyrus: supporting it on a specific Japanese paper called Chio, which acts as
a very good holder of the papyrus instead of the old fashion method which used
is not the only papyrus in restoration; 60 per cent of the lab collection
includes papyri written in coloured inks and belonging to different ages,”
papyri would be documented and registered before restoration in order to
determine areas that require sensitive handling and the best restoration
techniques to be used.
A Collection of Papyri Under Restoration
hunting arrows, which belonged to the boy-king Tutankhamun, are a unique object
because it is the only complete arrows collection ever found from the ancient
collection includes different styles of arrows' heads, which are made of glass,
wood, ivory and bronze. Kamal explains that the arrows collection was restored
for the first time upon its discovery in 1922. Today's efforts are the second
The artifacts have been cleaned, the Paraffin
wax used in the first restoration attempt was removed in order to allow for the
use of organic materials to rehabilitate the items. Kamal estimates that
restoration works on these two collections could last until the end of March.