Egypt conservationists to sue over 'botched' Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun mask repair
CAIRO (AFP).- An Egyptian conservation group said Friday it will sue the antiquities minister over a “botched” repair of the mask of King Tutankhamun that left a crust of dried glue on the priceless relic.
The golden funerary mask, seen Friday by AFP at the Egyptian Museum, showed the sticky aftermath of what appears to have been overzealous use of glue to fix the mask’s beard in place.
A museum official, who spoke anonymously to avoid repercussions, told AFP the beard had fallen off accidentally when the mask was removed from its case last year to repair the lighting.
Museum head Mahmoud al-Helwagy denied that conservation workers had damaged the mask “This is illogical and inconceivable,” he told AFP. “These are conservation workers, not carpenters.” Read more.