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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:22 am    Post subject: Safe in their hands? Reply with quote

I just spotted this:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/11361822/King-Tuts-beard-hastily-glued-back-on-with-epoxy.html

If true it is a worrying development.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more reports about the damage on the Golden Mask of Tutankhamun...

" What Happened to King Tutankhamun's Mask?" (Cairo Post, 20.01.2015)

"Beard of Egypt's King Tut hastily glued back on with epoxy" (Ahram Online, 21.01.2015)

"Tutankhamun's beard glued back on, say Egyptian museum conservators" (The Guardian, 22.01.2015)

"Beard of Egypt’s King Tut hastily glued back on with epoxy" (Washington Post, 22.01.2015)

"King Tut's Beard Broken Off Burial Mask, Glued Back On With Epoxy In Botched Repair Job" (International Buisness Times, 22.01.2015)



This seems to be connected with an older news from November 2014...

"Reports Tutankhamen mask damaged false: antiquities minister" (Cairo Post, 21.11.2014)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another denial, this time not from the Minister but from the Director of the Cairo Museum, Mahmoud El-Halwagi ...

"Archaeological committee assigned to inspect 'glued' Tutankhamun's gold mask and its beard" (Ahram Online, 22.01.2015)

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2015 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Egypt inquiry after Tutankhamun's beard glued back on (BBC News, 22 January 2015 Last updated at 17:56 GMT)
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"... The director of the Egypt Museum, Mahmoud Al Hawagi, confirmed to the BBC that a translucent adhesive material had appeared on the burial mask. The ministry of antiquities was now investigating how this happened, he added. ..."

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 23, 2015 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking at this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-30944815

I would say that the authorities at the Egyptian Museum have a lot of questions to answer.

The other thing is, will these authorities be man enough to seek outside help or will they take a narrow nationalist view?
If Zahi Hawass was still about I would say the latter, but he's not so I hope that wiser counsel will prevail.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 24, 2015 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"THE EGYPTOLOGISTS' ELECTRONIC FORUM - EEF" (Quote from a post in the "Moderated Discussion Board" section, 24.01.2015, 13:44 Uhr) :
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"From the Ministry of Antiquities Press Office : An international press conference will be held today, Saturday, January 24th 2015 at 5:00 p.m at the Tahrir Egyptian Museum by the Minister of Antiquities, Dr. Mamdouh Eldamaty who will explain some facts related to what has been published lately about the beard of the famous Tut Ankh Amun Mask. Please attend for press coverage at 4:30 p.m at the Egyptian Museum - Tahrir"

First reports and opinions to the press conference in the Tweet of Monica Hanna. Very interesting also the picture of the representation of Mask, Beard and Chebiu-Collar in the Cairo Museum before 1941 (scroll down!).

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2015 6:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The most importent statement from the press conference is for sure that the action is not irreversible. This view was advocated by Christian Eckmann (specialist for antique glas and metall objects) in front of the press, after he had a look at the mask:
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"Botched repair of Tut mask "reversible" : German conservator" (Al Arabiya News, AFP, Cairo, Saturday, 24 January 2015) :

"... “It can be reversed. It has to be done very carefully, but it is reversible,” said Eckmann, who has now been appointed by the antiquities ministry to oversee the mask’s repair. Describing the botched repair work, Eckmann said “there was an attempt to glue (the beard) with another resin.” ..."

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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2015 7:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can Egypt really guarentee the saftey of these artifacts with the social turbulance underway? I mean, maybe its not just a few clumbsy cleaners we will have to worry about soon.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 25, 2015 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Restoration of Tutankhamun's Funerary Mask to Start in August" (Ahram Online - Nevine El-Aref, Tuesday 23 Jun 2015)

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"The funerary mask of the golden king Tutankahmun is to go into intensive care for restoration

Beginning in August, visitors of Tutankhamun's galleries at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir will not be able to admire the king's distinguished gold funerary mask which will leave its original display for intensive restoration to repair the improper restoration carried out recently.

Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online that Tutankhamun’s gold funerary mask will go for restoration in August after the completion of the scientific studies carried out to discover the material used in its restoration and how to remove them without causing harm.

"A month ago I assigned a scientific committee, led by me, to carry out a comprehensive analytic study on the mask since its discovery in 1922 in Tutankhamun’s tomb, as well as the restoration work carried out on it until now," Eldamaty said.

Eldamaty said that German restorer Christian Eckmann assisted him in such studies because he is an expert in metal restoration.

The committee includes the head of the German Archaeological Institute, Tarek Tawfik, the head of the metal restoration section at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, and a German CT-scan expert. The ministry has bought new CT scanning equipment to complete the study.

After the completion of the study, Eckmann will travel to Germany with the results, where he will create a gypsum replica of the mask using the proper materials, according to Eldamaty.

In August, he will then return to Cairo where an international conference is to be held to explain to the public and scholars the method selected to restore the beard through state-of-the-art technology. Then, the restoration itself is to start and all the work will be documented.

In January 2015, it was reported that the blue and gold beard of the mask was broken during a cleaning process at the Egyptian Museum and that conservators hurriedly glued the beard back on with epoxy resin, damaging the artefact.

The ministry of antiquities held a press conference where experts asserted that the mask is safe and that the botched restoration carried out in August 2014 is reversible."

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 04, 2015 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Germany to Fund Renovation of Tutankhamun Golden Mask" (Rany Mostafa - Cairo Post, Sep. 02, 2015)

"Federal Foreign Office Supports Restoration Work on Tutankhamen’s Gold Mask" (PR Newswire, September 1, 2015)

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 12:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Egypt to Restore King Tut Mask After Botched Epoxy Job" (Cairo Post - 09.10.2015)
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"CAIRO : Egypt’s state-run news agency says the restoration of King Tutankhamun’s world-famous golden mask will begin Saturday, over a year after the beard was accidentally broken off and hastily glued back with epoxy.

The news agency says Friday a German-Egyptian team will repair the mask at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. ..."

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PostPosted: Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Egyptian Museum Boss Rubbishes Reports of Tutankhamun Gold Mask Damage" (Ahram Online - Nevine El-Aref, Sunday 18 Oct 2015)

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"Khaled El-Enany said the mask is currently accessible 'only to experts and Egyptologists involved in its restoration'

The Egyptian Museum's general supervisor has attacked strongly Arabic media reports that claimed Tutankhamun's gold funerary mask was badly damaged on Saturday when students visiting the museum allegedly knocked it to the floor.
The world-famous artefact was in the limelight nearly two weeks ago when it was moved from its display case to a room on the same floor to undergo restoration work.

General Supervisor of the Egyptian Museum, Khaled El-Enany, refuted the reports. He said no accident has affected the mask and it remains safe as restoration efforts continue.

El-Enany explained that a small accident did occur during a school trip on Saturday when energetic students bounding round the exhibition halls rocked a display case, causing a small wooden statue of Tutankhamun to tilt briefly, but no permanent damage was done.

El-Enany says he formed a committee within an hour to restore the wooden head to its original position and confirm that it was undamaged.

Tutankhamun's golden mask is "off the museum's public display roster and is accessible only to experts and Egyptologists involved in its restoration," El-Enany told Ahram Online. ..."

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe this happened for a reason.

By having the beard fall off we are forced to confront why we are displaying the mask in an artificial construct. Although found inside the coffin, the beard was found seperately to the mask. The beard was only glued on in the 1940s.

My thinking is, if the beard was supposed to be attatched permemently to the mask it would have been welded or riveted on.

From a historical perspective I think the mask has a problem with authenticity if it continues to be displayed in an altered state( with beard).

I can't help but feel we are displaying the mask in accordance to our idea of what a strong male leader should be, eg. Masculine similar to rulers from other periods, with beards, instead of displaying it how it was intended, in the
androgenous style Amarna leaders considered masculine with the necklaces and no beard.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was wrong. The beard did belong on the mask and attatches via a sophisticated mechanism using a piece of dowel wood and holes on the mask and beard. The dowel needs to be replaced every ten to twenty years and explains why the beard was found seperately in the coffin. Dr Hawass sets the record straight and unmasks the truth about this whole issue with this fascinating article.

http://www.drhawass.com/wp/does-king-tut-have-a-new-barber/

I think the fact all media outlets failed to report this; along with the fact the staff looking after the mask didnt know about it, shows Hawass really is in a league of its own when it comes to being an authority on AE.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry fumblung on my phone and didnt preview.

I meant to say *his not its.
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