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Thursday, February 11, 2016

King Tut mask back on display after being repaired

Nine weeks after repaired the gold mask of King Tutankhamun, has now been completed and re-equiped the artifacts exhibit at Cairo's Egyptian Museum.

The mask of repair process begins by performing the 3D scan using Pattern Projection Light Scanner devices for recording and documenting the mask circumstances, followed by cleaning the glue does not stick perfectly before.
Christian Eckmann, a German conservator was repairing the King Tutankhamun's gold mask. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1OZQGFE)
No chemicals are used to clean this mask, and the team does millimeter-by-millimeter with wooden equipment after raising the temperature of the mask. For this phase alone spent more than 4 weeks.

"The process of repair mask produces two surprising things, the first one is, the beard has an internal tube that connects directly to the face, and the second is the beard reassembling process in 1946 using a soft stained material," said Mamdouh Eldamaty of the Ministry of Antiquities of Egypt.

An ancient technique that should be applied in the repairing process, and made the team used the Beeswax as a glue since ancient organic materials that can reduce the risk of metal damaging in the mask.

In the ancient Egypt culture, the beards were used on the mask of King Tutankhamun is a symbol that signifies that he has a position that is equivalent to Osiris, the Lord of all the world.

During the repairing process, the 3D Hologram of this mask is on display. However, starting on December 17, 2015, the museum visitors can already enjoy the original mask. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC]
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