3,300-year-old mask of King Tut needs its beard fixed
3,300-year-old mask of King Tut needs its beard fixed German restorers Christian Eckmann, right, and Katja Broschat examine the famed golden mask of King Tutankhamun as an Egyptian-German team begins restoration work over a year after the beard was accidentally broken off and hastily glued back with epoxy, at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
3,300-year-old mask of King Tut needs its beard fixed
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Restorers have put their work on the famed golden burial mask of King Tutankhamun on display in Cairo.  This comes over a year after the beard was accidentally knocked off and glued back on with epoxy.
A German-Egyptian team of experts showed off the mask Oct. 20 in a laboratory in the Egyptian Museum. The experts described plans for how the epoxy will be scraped off. The beard will be carefully removed before being reattached. The repair method will be determined by a joint scientific committee.
Christian Eckmann is the lead restoration specialist. He said the work should take a month or two. It will depend on how long it takes to remove the beard. The beard will be attached after research into how the mask and beard attachment were originally made and joined.
"We have some uncertainties now. We don't know how deep the glue went inside the beard. And so we don't know how long it will take to remove the beard," he said on the sidelines of a news conference. The conference was held with Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty and Tarek Tawfik, director-general of the still-under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum. It is near the pyramids.
"We try to make all the work by mechanical means ... we use wooden sticks which work quite well at the moment.  Then there is another strategy we could implement, slightly warming up the glue," he said. "It's unfortunately epoxy resin, which is not soluble."
A museum employee knocked the beard off.  It happened during work on the relic's lighting in August 2014. It was hastily reattached with epoxy. When the error was revealed in January, the Antiquities Ministry called a press conference. Eckmann said he and an Egyptian team could fix the epoxy-job. They believe permanent damage can be avoided.
The 3,300-year-old pharaonic mask was discovered in Tutankhamun's tomb along with other artifacts by British archeologists in 1922. The discovery sparked worldwide interest in archaeology and ancient Egypt.
It is arguably the best-known piece in the museum. It is one of Cairo's main tourist sites. It was built in 1902. The museum houses ancient Egyptian artifacts and mummies.
Eckmann said that during the restoration, experts would conduct a detailed study of the mask's ancient manufacture technique that had not been done previously. The goal is to determine what materials and techniques were used.
"We are using this chance to gain new information about the manufacture," he said.

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Why can't experts be certain about all aspects of the repair?
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  • John0724-YYCA
    10/28/2015 - 08:42 p.m.

    I think that the person who accidentally broke King Tit's mask was a rude person because the man just left with out saying sorry. I mean I would have told the person that I broke it at least so they can fix it. Well the good thing is that they are going to fix it.

  • william1108-yyca
    10/28/2015 - 09:11 p.m.

    WOW! I have never seen a tut before in real life but I have seen it in T.V or an article. But this tut needed a repair on its beard. I wish that I can see one in real life. Maybe I will try to ask my parents where I can see one and I can maybe see it.

  • cameronc-nar
    10/28/2015 - 10:58 p.m.

    Because they don't know how deep the glue went inside the beard so they don't know how long it will take to remove the beard.

  • zeusr-3-bar
    10/28/2015 - 11:25 p.m.

  • zeusr-3-bar
    10/28/2015 - 11:39 p.m.

    The experts can't be certain about the repair because they don't know how deep the epoxy-job was. In this article it states that "experts would conduct a detailed study of the mask's ancient manufacture technique that had not been done previously."

    I find this article interesting and surprising because of the fact that a security guard knocked it off and all they did was glue it with apoxy-glue

  • annabel1226-yyca
    10/29/2015 - 12:27 a.m.

    The museum employee should fix this problem. It is he/she's fault for knocking it off. Why are they just letting it go?
    That employee should pay 500 dollars to pay the damage. I hope I don't see this thing happened again. But, why are they taking the beard off again when they glued it? Wow, it must be scary to touch the mask from a mummy. I would be scared because there is a dead person in there and you are touching that person's thing. What if the Pharaoh will be mad because those people touched his stuff? Also I wish there could been more articles like this one it is very interesting and it contains fun fact.

  • kaleal-2-bar
    10/29/2015 - 12:55 a.m.

    Experts can't be certain about all the aspects of the repair because, as the article states, they don't know how deep the glue went into the mask, if any pieces fell off when it broke, and they don't know what techniques or materials where used in the making of it. This is cool to me because I've always been interested in ancient Egyptian stuff.

  • zyc-612-
    10/29/2015 - 01:43 p.m.

    Because what if they mess up on the mask or anything else that needs to be fixed up. Like the coffin, the coffin could have a crack that, if it dosen't get fixed the whole coffin will break. But we don't know.

  • mauryg-612-
    10/29/2015 - 01:50 p.m.

    This story was very interesting and I think people should read it's very informing but interesting at the same time.So I think you should read this article because it is very entertaining.

  • allisonz-612-
    10/29/2015 - 01:52 p.m.

    Experts can not be certain of all aspects of repair because they don't want to do any more damage. If they do more damage the more easier it would be to break the burial mask. They need a suititble repair where the beard will last a longer time and will not do any damage to the mask.

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