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Thursday, May 18, 2017
News, Cairo: Funerary Bed of King Tut Packed for Transfer to Grand Egyptian Museum
The bed of Tutankhamun
king's entire treasured collection is planned for transfer to the GEM ahead of
its 2018 opening. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
team from the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) began packing on Monday King
Tutankhamun’s treasured collection at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square in a
step towards transferring to its permanent location at the GEM.
Tawfik, GEM supervisor-general, said that the team is now packing the golden
king’s funerary bed which is made of wood gilded with golden sheets and
decorated with the head of the goddess Sekhmet.
packing the bed was subjected to scientific documentation and first aid
restoration to guarantee its safe transportation.
head of first aid restoration Eissa Zidan told Ahram Online that the packing
process is carried out in collaboration with a Japanese scientific team and
will take eight hours to complete.
The team will use acid-free packing
materials and equipment to minimise vibrations during the bed’s transportation.
Zidan during packing process
Japanese expert during packing
said that devices to measure heat and vibration intensity would be used on the
bed during its transportation.
the Tutankhamun artifacts are to be packed and transported to the GEM according
to a planned schedule until the soft opening of the new museum in mid-2018.