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Egypt: Efforts to restore King Tut's coffin underway at Giza museum

1 21.09.2019 Инфо

W/S Conservation Centre at Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), Giza
M/S GEM employee working on Tutankhamun's coffin
C/U Golden face mask on Tutankhamun's coffin
M/S GEM employees working on Tutankhamun's antiquities
C/U GEM employee working on Tutankhamun's antiquities
C/U Deathmask of Tutankhamun's coffin cover
C/U Tutankhamun's coffin remnants
M/S Grand Egyptian Museum Conservation Centre entrance
W/S Restoration lab of National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC), Cairo
M/S NMEC employees unboxing coffin of Sennedjem
C/U NMEC employee unboxing coffin
W/S NMEC employees unboxing coffin
M/S NMEC employees unboxing coffin
M/S NMEC employees carrying coffin lid
M/S NMEC employees uncovering mummy
C/U NMEC employees opening coffin
SOT, Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities: "[...] famous coffin of Sennedjem. The tomb of Sennedjem, everybody knows that it's located in Deir el-Medina, in the west bank of Luxor. The tomb was discovered by Maspero in 1886. He found two great coffins - one for Sennedjem and one for his wife."
W/S Coffin covers
M/S Coffin covers
C/U Face on coffin cover
W/S Mummy inside coffin
C/U Coffin art
SOT, Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities: "[...] even the coffin, the decoration, the colours, still in perfect condition of preservation. The legs of the coffin is their and in fact we have two legs."
M/S NMEC employees lifting mummy
W/S NMEC employees transporting mummy
C/U NMEC employees transporting mummy
W/S NMEC employees lifting mummy
M/S Mummy placed inside preservation bag
SOT, Mohamed Wahed, General Supervisor of the Antiquities Reception Unit (Arabic): "The mummy was moved on an anti-vibration bed, a bed that protects the mummy from harm caused by movement even if it is in a very weak condition. The mummy itself is not treated, we put underneath it a very safe material, so that the piece is carried and placed inside the sterilization capsule."
M/S Mummy inside preservation bag
C/U Mummy's knees
SOT, Akmal Saqr, Restoration Center Supervisor in the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (Arabic): "The idea of the tent or the capsule depends on filling it with inert nitrogen gas that does not interact with the mummy or the fungal scrolls used in it but kills the microorganisms."
W/S Giza pyramids in background behind road
SCRIPT
Restoration works on Pharaoh Tutankhamun's golden coffin are underway at Giza's new Grand Egyptian Museum, as shown in footage from Saturday, with officials reporting that they are expected to last seven to nine months.
Authorities explained that the timeframe was due to the fragile condition of the coffin, which has been in a state of conservation since it was discovered in King Tut's tomb in 1922.
At the same time, employees of Cairo's National Museum of Egyptian Civilization (NMEC) began similar restoration work on the coffins of ancient artisan Sennedjem and his wife.
All three coffins will be displayed at a major exhibition in the Grand Egyptian Museum at the end of 2020, alongside many other artefacts.