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Tutankhamun’s Burial Mask Damaged Irreversibly
Conservators at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo have reported that the 3,300-year-old golden burial mask of pharaoh Tutankhamun has been irreversibly damaged.
It seems that during routine upkeep last year, the blue and gold braided beard was either knocked off during cleaning or removed because it was loose. It was then hastily glued back on using epoxy.
The museum, apparently, isn’t well versed in proper care of priceless antiquities.
In a bizarre twist that most assuredly has no connection to this incident, the beard of my replica King Tut mask also broke off last year while, transporting it home from the store in the trunk of my car. I hastily repaired it with super glue.
via NBC News