King Tut’s Mask Damaged; Beard Snapped Off During Botched Cleaning

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One of the most priceless treasures in archaeology, the gold funerary mask of King Tutankhamun, was damaged during a cleaning attempt at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Efforts to repair the problem were also botched, according to reports.

The mask’s beard snapped off during an attempt to clean the mask in October. Museum staff stuck it back on using epoxy, which leaked onto the face of the mask and dried. Then, the mask was scratched when the workers scraped off the epoxy, according to Al Araby Al Jadeed, a London-based Arabic news site.

“The mask should have been taken to the conservation lab but they were in a rush to get it displayed quickly again and used this quick drying, irreversible material,” an unnamed conservator told The Associated Press.

Al Araby Al Jadeed said lighting in the room where the mask is displayed has been dimmed in an attempt to hide the damage. The epoxy is visible in an image the website posted on social media:

بالصور..توت عنخ آمون..تشويه قناع الملك في المتحف المصري

— العربي الجديد (@alaraby_ar) January 18, 2015

For comparison, here’s the same part of the mask as seen —> Read More Here


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