Federal Foreign Office supports restoration work on Tutankhamen’s gold mask
The Federal Foreign Office is providing 50,000 euros to help fund the restoration of the gold mask from the burial treasure of the Egyptian King Tutankhamen within the context of its Cultural Preservation Programme. The project, starting in September 2015, will be implemented by the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo and the Römisch-Germanisches Zentralmuseum in Mainz in consultation with an Egyptian‑German scientific commission. The cooperation between Germany and Egypt on the restoration project is designed to drive exchange in the field of archaeology and monument conservation further forward. The focus of the work, as well as the conservation and analysis of the mask, is on the correct attachment of the mask’s ceremonial beard. The beard became detached in autumn 2014 during cleaning work on the glass cabinet in which the gold mask was housed.