CAIRO: The conservation department at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo has launched a workshop to develop a database documenting the history of the museum’s restored artifacts, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty stated Sunday.
“The database will be linked to the museum’s main one that includes detailed information about each item,” director of the Egyptian Museum Mahmoud al-Halwagy told The Cairo Post Sunday.
The conservation database will record the restoration phases, dates, and materials of the restored artifacts along with photos showing the condition of the artifacts before and after the restoration work, said Halwagy.
The decision comes weeks after media outlets reported damage to Tutankhamen’s golden mask, the most famous icon of ancient Egypt during a restoration process in which a debatable material was used; epoxy glue affixed the beard, which had fallen off, to the mask, and globs of it are visible to visitors.
Following the incident, head of the conservation department at the museum was demoted to a low-profile post.
Saeed Abdel Hamed, the new director of the conservation department said the new database will facilitate restoration work through tracing the history of each restored artifact.
The Egyptian Museum, inaugurated in 1902, is home to an extensive collection of around 120,000 ancient antiquities spanning Egypt’s Pharaonic, Greek and Roman eras. Approximately 65,000 artifacts are on display in the 2-story museum while the remainder are in storerooms in the ground floor.