Monday, 28 September 2015

Tutankhamun’s mask and tomb off view to tourists from October

My latest article for The Art Newspaper.

From October, Tutankhamun’s golden mask will be off display and his tomb closed to tourists. The boy king’s famous mask is being taken off display at the Egyptian Museum, Cairo, to enable conservators to remove epoxy resin, applied to the mask in August 2014 as a way of re-securing its loose beard. Although the beard was not broken, as was widely reported at the time, and the epoxy has not discoloured or harmed the mask, it is not the most suitable material for the job, and too much was applied, leaving dried traces visible to viewers.

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