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King Tut mask back on display in Egypt after botched repair job fixed

Published 16/12/2015 | 20:21

The gold mask of King Tutankhamun is displayed in its glass case in the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square in Cairo (AP)
The gold mask of King Tutankhamun is displayed in its glass case in the Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square in Cairo (AP)

Egypt has put the famed golden burial mask of King Tutankhamun back on display after repairing a botched attempt to reattach the mask's beard, which was accidentally knocked off and hastily glued back with epoxy a year ago.

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The mask was restored to its place at the Egyptian Museum on Wednesday evening, antiquities minister Mamdouh el-Damaty said.

A German-Egyptian team began the restoration work in October after a museum employee knocked the beard off during work on the relic's lighting, after which workers tried to reattach it with epoxy.

The 3,300-year-old pharaonic mask was discovered in Tutankhamun's tomb along with other artefacts by British archaeologists in 1922, sparking worldwide interest in archaeology and ancient Egypt.

The mask is arguably the best-known piece in the museum, one of Cairo's main tourist sites.

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