The artifacts from King Tutankhamun’s tomb have been to just about every part of the world since they were first discovered and unearthed back in the 1920s. They have been viewed by millions of people and put on display in almost every major history and art museum in the world. So it was just a matter of time before some bumbling janitor ruined it for everyone.
The staff of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo are in hot water after someone accidentally broke one of the defining and most iconic pieces in the King Tut collection and then did a hasty repair job that damaged it beyond any possible improvement. Apparently, someone was cleaning King Tut’s famous mask and the long beard broke right beneath the mask’s chin. Then they panicked and tried to fix it the way that a child who got caught playing ball in the house would if they broke the urn with Grandma’s ashes by using an epoxy to glue it back into place.
Unfortunately, the kind of epoxy they used is a permanent one that one of the museum’s convertors called “wasn’t suitable for an outstanding object like Tutankhamun’s golden mask.” So it’s been damaged beyond repair. It’s sad that such an iconic piece of history and archaeology has been permanently warped but it’s nice to know that Mr. Bean has found work after his TV show and movie career fizzled away.
It gets even worse. Whomever used the epoxy to reattach the beard also got some of the glue on the mask’s face and they tried to scrape it off with a spatula. Please tell us they also didn’t try and use a Sharpie marker to color in the eyes.
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