Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Germany offers €50,000 grant to help restore Tutankhamun's mask

The German government has offered Egypt a grant of €50,000 towards the restoration of Tutankhamun's golden mask, antiquities minister Mamdouh Edamaty said on Tuesday.
Eldamaty went on to say the initiative highlights strong links and continued collaboration between Egypt and Germany in the field of antiquities and archaeology.

"The procedures needed to complete the handover of this grant to the antiquities ministry and immediately to start the restoration work are being carried out by the relative authorities," Eldamaty told Ahram Online.

In January, the Egyptian Museum acknowledged that in August 2014 its staff accidentally detached the mask's blue and gold beard while changing the display's light bulbs and hurriedly glued it back on with epoxy resin, damaging the artifact.

Eldamaty held a press conference with German conservator Christian Eckmann in January where experts claimed the mask is secure and the damage done in August 2014 is reversible. They carried out tests on the mask to ascertain the substance used in its botched restoration and how to remove it without causing harm...............

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