CAIRO: The restoration process, recently carried out on the golden mask of Tutankhamen, has revealed new techniques used in attaching the beard in place while the artifact was being made, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al Damaty announced Sunday.
During the restoration process, “A golden tube was found inside the pharaoh’s beard. It is strongly believed to have been used to attach it to the mask,” said Damaty in a press conference Sunday.
Christian Eckmann, head of the team restored the mask said that the original material used to fix Tutankhamen’s beard was “beeswax.”
“We found it was natural materials that the ancient Egyptians used. They are still the best tools: beeswax. It was prepared well and the ceremonial beard was attached very successfully,” said Eckmann.
The team started the restoration of ancient Egypt’s most iconic artifact in October; a year after its beard became detached during routine cleaning and then was hastily reattached with epoxy.
The epoxy was removed with spatulas and other wooden instruments, said Eckmann.
On Wednesday, the golden mask of Tutankhamen was on display again at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo after two months of restoration.