Friday 2 December 2016

Eight people involved in botched repair of famous King Tutankhamun mask sent for trial

Published 24/01/2016 | 16:37

This July 1996 photo shows the mask of King Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
This July 1996 photo shows the mask of King Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Eight Egyptians involved in a botched repair of the famous golden burial mask of King Tut have been referred to trial for "gross negligence".

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Prosecutors said in a statement that the 3,300-year old mask, whose beard was accidentally knocked off and hastily glued on with epoxy in 2014, was scratched and damaged as a result.

The mask was put back on display last month after a German-Egyptian team of specialists removed the epoxy and reattached the beard using beeswax, which is often used as an adhesive for antiquities.

Restoration specialist Christian Eckmann said a year ago that the cause of a scratch discovered on the mask had not been determined, but that it could have been recent.

Press Association

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