Restoration of King Tutankhamun mask

Updates on the possibility of restoring King Tutankhamun burial mask

APTOPIX Mideast Egypt Antiquities

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Last August, in the process of readjusting the display lighting, the beard of the iconic burial mask of King Tutankhamun came loose. The blue and gold braided beard was hastily glued back onto the mask using epoxy, an adhesive as powerful as difficult to remove. Fearing an irreversible modification of the mask, many archaeologists have strongly condemned this decision made by certain museum workers. Upon the reexamination of the mask, a scratch was also discovered, although how recent it is cannot yet be determined. Restoration specialist Christian Eckmann recently announced that removal of epoxy, though difficult, might be possible depending on the type of resin used.

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