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Tutankhamun back on display in Egypt after beard fell off

Visitors can once again marvel at the gleaming golden mask of Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

Tutankhamun burial mask
Tutankhamun burial mask Image by Mark Fischer / CC BY-SA 2.0

The mask was undergoing restorations after its famously long beard was knocked off in 2014 and poorly repaired. The mask was accidentally knocked from its case during a lighting adjustment; German experts had to use 3D scans to remove the glue that was applied during the botched repair job and re-affix the artefact’s beard. The 11kg funerary mask – one of the world’s most famous priceless objects – was uncovered from a tomb in Luxor in 1922.

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