King Tut’s wooden head suffers whiplash after school visit

Published October 19th, 2015 - 06:00 GMT

The wooden head of the ancient Egyptian boy king Tutankhamun has been realigned after school children on a trip to Egypt's National Antiquities Museum left it "leaning," the museum's general supervisor said on Sunday.

A school field trip to the museum left the ancient king's wooden head titled inside its display case, museum supervisor Khaled al-Anani told Aswat Masriya, adding that there were no "scratches or damages" to King Tut's head.

Anani said a committee headed by the director of the museum's restoration department and including restoration experts placed the head back to its original position after carefully inspecting it and ensuring that it was not "affected in any way."

King Tut's head is still on display in the museum, he added.

Ancient Egypt's youngest king was making headlines in local and international news in January when the beard of his priceless funeral mask was reportedly broken by cleaners and hastily glued back on with epoxy.

At the time Christian Ekman, a German conservator brought in to evaluate the damage, said in a press conference that the epoxy used to hold the beard can be removed which will not pose any danger to the artifact.

Last week conservationists began a full restoration of the mask using a donation of EUR 50,000 ($56,750) by Germany's Foreign Ministry.

King Tut belongs to the 18th dynasty. His tomb was discovered in 1922.


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