King Tut’s mask, world’s ‘most famous archaeological relic,’ has been permanently damaged

Darth Sidious
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edited January 2015 in The Social Lounge
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Want to hear about a bad day? They don’t get much worse than this.

King Tut’s 3,300-year-old funeral mask, called “the most famous archaeological relic in the world,” has been permanently damaged, Cairo’s Egyptian Museum announced this week. It’s still not entirely clear what happened. But it seems Tut’s drooping beard was somehow knocked off at some point last year. And then everything went from bad to worse.

Competing stories abound, the Associated Press found. “Three of the museum’s conservators reached by telephone gave differing accounts of when the incident occurred last year, and whether the beard was knocked off by accident while the mask’s case was being cleaned, or was removed because it was loose,” the news agency reported.


Amid the pandemonium, someone had the idea to hastily glue that sucker back on. According to the AP, Tut’s mask is a huge draw for tourists, so the museum wanted it back out there on the floor. Someone grabbed epoxy — an adhesive totally unsuitable for something like Tut’s mask — and, in an attempt to fix the mask, only damaged it further.

“Unfortunately, he used a very irreversible material — epoxy has a very high property for attaching and is used on metal or stone but I think it wasn’t suitable for an outstanding object like Tutankhamun’s golden mask,” one conservator, speaking on the condition of anonymity because who in their right mind would want to be linked with this debacle, told the Associated Press.

“The mask should have been taken to the conservation lab but they were in a rush to get it displayed quickly again and used this quick drying, irreversible material,” he confessed.


Another museum conservator, who was present at the scene, said when one colleague realized what had happened, he grabbed a spatula to try and get the glue off, but instead left permanent scratches. “The first conservator, who inspects the artifact regularly, confirmed the scratches and said it was clear that they had been made by a tool used to scrape off the epoxy,” the AP reported.

So what’s the final damage?

There’s now a gap between the beard and the face. “Now you can see a layer of transparent yellow,” one conservator said.

Experts couldn’t believe it. “From the photos circulating among restorers, I can see that the mask has been repaired,” Egyptologist Tom Hardwick told the AP. “But you can’t tell with what.”
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  • Shizlansky
    Shizlansky Members Posts: 35,095 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • Darth Sidious
    Darth Sidious Members Posts: 2,507 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Shizlansky wrote: »
    Lol

    Yeah, this would have been far better than epoxy.

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  • BoogaSuga
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    Just went to king tut exhibit in KC last summer
  • Darth Sidious
    Darth Sidious Members Posts: 2,507 ✭✭✭✭✭
    white people
    Ajackson17 wrote: »
    Europeans even in today's "modern times" cannot fix what we Africans created.
    D0wn wrote: »
    Hopefully, that mask had a ? curse n crackas n wanna b crackas, start dropping like avalanches

    So Egyptian are in fact whites as many have disputed? glad we settled that.



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    A man glues part of King Tutankhamun’s mask back on at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. The blue-and-gold braided beard on the burial mask was hastily glued back on with epoxy, damaging the relic. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Rodriguez)


  • Darth Sidious
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    King Tuts True Face Identified

    king-tut-real-face.jpg

    Autopsy Unmaskes King Tut's True Face, And It Isn't Pretty

    The golden burial mask of King Tutankhamun shows a young man with strong, idealized features: a strong jaw, full lips, high cheek bones, and a regal brow. Thanks to high-tech 3D imaging, reports the Daily Mail, the truth has finally been unwrapped, and it is far less pretty.

    Tut underwent a "virtual autopsy," with CT scans, genetic analysis, and over 2,000 digital scans used to generate a computer model of the pharaoh. Previous attempts to reconstruct Tut's visage were fairly attractive, based on the theories that he had sustained ? injuries in a fatal chariot race crash or when he was murdered.

    This new research not only indicates that Tut was born with the misshapen features and prominent overbite that he took to his grave at 19, but that he was physically unable to participate in chariot racing. (A fracture in Tut's skull is now believed to have been sustained after his death.)

    The boy king, the new science reveals, was sickly and crippled, with twisted, malformed hips. He suffered from epilepsy and malaria, and had to walk with a cane due to a club foot. It would have been impossible for him to stand in a fast moving chariot. So what was likely responsible for these deformities? ? , which was not considered taboo in ancient Egypt. Genetic testing strongly indicates that King Tut's parents were brother and sister, and Tut is known to have married his half-sister at the tender age of about 10.

    king-tut-real-body.png

    King Tut is the most famous ancient Egyptian mummy to have been thoroughly examined by modern science. Earlier this month, the Saint Louis Art Museum gave three of its mummies CT scans, while a recent exhibition at London's British Museum offered interactive 3D imagery for eight mummies based on CT scan results (see "Peek Inside Mummies' Sarcophagi at British Museum" and "Modern Autopsies for Ancient Egyptian Mummies").

    The young pharaoh's tomb has also undergone 3D analysis so detailed that scientists have created a perfect facsimile of the site, discovered by Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922 (see "Technology Lets Archaeologists Clone King Tut's Tomb").

    The discovery of the new face of King Tut will be the subject of the BBC documentary Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered, airing Sunday, October 26.
  • babelipsss
    babelipsss Members Posts: 2,517 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Sad. RIP King Tut
  • Max.
    Max. Members Posts: 33,009 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Lol @ links from 2012 being more accurate for than history
  • Ajackson17
    Ajackson17 Members Posts: 22,501 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Max. wrote: »
    Lol @ links from 2012 being more accurate for than history

    DNA is forever and pictures that showing how they described themselves....oh okay....logical.
  • zombie
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    darth sidious is a jew
  • major pain
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    need duct tape
  • BoogaSuga
    BoogaSuga Members Posts: 4,000 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited January 2015
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    This is Tut when he was in KC

    Needs some Jergens
  • PapaDoc223
    PapaDoc223 Members Posts: 2,162 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Max. wrote: »
    Lol @ links from 2012 being more accurate for than history

    Hey ? read history. There was black pharaohs,black dynasties in Egypt. It is all written in history. But hey Max we all know you dont ? with us black folk. Whites can celebrate their history but when we try to it os wrong. FOH.
  • BangEm_Bart
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    edited January 2015
    zombie wrote: »
    darth sidious is an ashkenazi jew

    Fixed for more accuracy.
  • BiblicalAtheist
    BiblicalAtheist Members Posts: 15,668 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Well at least this time there is a record of it.
  • BoldChild
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    edited January 2015
    This ? sounded so ridiculous, I had to look for a link.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/01/23/king-tuts-mask-worlds-most-famous-archaeological-relic-has-been-irreversably-damaged/

    lol @ just throwing some super glue on it, and sticking it back on.

    Then trying to scrape the excess away with a spatula.

    Couldn't believe this until I looked up the link.
  • BiblicalAtheist
    BiblicalAtheist Members Posts: 15,668 ✭✭✭✭✭
    BoldChild wrote: »
    This ? sounded so ridiculous, I had to look for a link.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2015/01/23/king-tuts-mask-worlds-most-famous-archaeological-relic-has-been-irreversably-damaged/

    lol @ just throwing some super glue on it, and sticking it back on.

    Then trying to scrape the excess away with a spatula.

    Couldn't believe this until I looked up the link.

    I'd be shittin bricks, "HOLY ? HOLY ? HOLY ? , I CANT BELIEVE WHAT JUST HAPPENED, HOLY ? HOLY ? , IM DEAD IM DEAD IM DEAD, ? IM GONNA DIE IM GONNA DIE IM GONNA DIE, THEIR GONNA ? ME, THEIR GONNA ? ME, OMFG ? ME NOW, PLS JUST ? ME NOW"



    BUT I would have the ? to say what I did.


    These guys wanna remain anonymous.
  • Bussy_Getta
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    King Tuts True Face Identified

    king-tut-real-face.jpg

    Autopsy Unmaskes King Tut's True Face, And It Isn't Pretty

    The golden burial mask of King Tutankhamun shows a young man with strong, idealized features: a strong jaw, full lips, high cheek bones, and a regal brow. Thanks to high-tech 3D imaging, reports the Daily Mail, the truth has finally been unwrapped, and it is far less pretty.

    Tut underwent a "virtual autopsy," with CT scans, genetic analysis, and over 2,000 digital scans used to generate a computer model of the pharaoh. Previous attempts to reconstruct Tut's visage were fairly attractive, based on the theories that he had sustained ? injuries in a fatal chariot race crash or when he was murdered.

    This new research not only indicates that Tut was born with the misshapen features and prominent overbite that he took to his grave at 19, but that he was physically unable to participate in chariot racing. (A fracture in Tut's skull is now believed to have been sustained after his death.)

    The boy king, the new science reveals, was sickly and crippled, with twisted, malformed hips. He suffered from epilepsy and malaria, and had to walk with a cane due to a club foot. It would have been impossible for him to stand in a fast moving chariot. So what was likely responsible for these deformities? ? , which was not considered taboo in ancient Egypt. Genetic testing strongly indicates that King Tut's parents were brother and sister, and Tut is known to have married his half-sister at the tender age of about 10.

    king-tut-real-body.png

    King Tut is the most famous ancient Egyptian mummy to have been thoroughly examined by modern science. Earlier this month, the Saint Louis Art Museum gave three of its mummies CT scans, while a recent exhibition at London's British Museum offered interactive 3D imagery for eight mummies based on CT scan results (see "Peek Inside Mummies' Sarcophagi at British Museum" and "Modern Autopsies for Ancient Egyptian Mummies").

    The young pharaoh's tomb has also undergone 3D analysis so detailed that scientists have created a perfect facsimile of the site, discovered by Egyptologist Howard Carter in 1922 (see "Technology Lets Archaeologists Clone King Tut's Tomb").

    The discovery of the new face of King Tut will be the subject of the BBC documentary Tutankhamun: The Truth Uncovered, airing Sunday, October 26.

    Damn bruh was ugly.
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  • Noble Al Lee
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    Still knocking the proverbial nose off the sphinx I see smh.
  • trendsetta1030
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    I would love 2 chief a lbs of loud n get my self stuck n dem pyramids n come up wit my own theory's ya mean is wat they do!!