Grand Egyptian Museum allocates specially designated area to exhibit Tutankhamun’s Golden Mask



Tue, 27 Jul 2021 - 01:02 GMT


Tue, 27 Jul 2021 - 01:02 GMT

Tutankhamun's famous golden mask - Reuters

Tutankhamun's famous golden mask - Reuters

CAIRO – 27 July 2021: The Grand Egyptian Museum is one of the most anticipated archaeological projects.
It will house a large number of artifacts, exceeding 50,000 pieces, which include the holdings of the Golden King Tutankhamun that will all be presented together for the first time to the public. Most of the king's holdings have been transferred from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, and only a few pieces remain, including the golden mask, so how will it be displayed inside the Grand Egyptian Museum?
Assistant Minister for Archaeological Affairs at the Grand Egyptian Museum El-Tayeb Abbas said in press statements that the mask of Tutankhamun will be transferred shortly before the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum, and will be displayed in a specially designated area prepared solely for the grandiose mask.
Abbas also stated that 70 percent of the space designated for Tutankhamun’s belongings have been completed, and the display scenario has been completed. The artifacts have been placed in approximately 71 showcases out of 107 that are set to include the Golden King's holdings.



On February 16, 1923, Howard Carter was the first person in more than 3000 years to set foot in the room that contained the ark of Tutankhamun.




On November 4, 1922, Carter was excavating at the entrance to the tunnel leading to the tomb of Ramses VI in the Valley of the Kings, when he noticed a large cellar and continued careful excavation until he was led to the tomb of Tutankhamun.




How was the burial chamber like when Howard Carter entered the cemetery?

On the walls of the room containing the mausoleum were wonderful drawings telling the story of Tutankhamun’s departure to the world of the dead. The scene was very impressive to Carter, who was looking at the room through an opening with a candle in hand, and it was said that his assistant asked him, "Can you see anything?" To which Carter replied, "Yes, I see wonderful things."




What was the first thing that Howard Carter noticed in the tomb of Tutankhamun?

Carter noticed a wooden box with gold inlay in the center of the room. When he raised the box, he noticed that the box was covering a second box decorated with inscriptions inlaid with gold. When the second box was raised, he noticed that the second box was covering a third box inlaid with gold. Upon raising the third box, Carter reached the stone sarcophagus, which was covered with another thick layer of stone carved in the form of a statue of Tutankhamen.




What difficulties did Howard Carter face when the tomb was discovered?

Carter had difficulty lifting the third golden shroud that was covering the mummy of Tutankhamun. He thought that exposing the shroud to the scorching heat of Egypt's summer would be sufficient to separate the golden shroud from the mummy, but his attempts failed and he was forced in the end to cut the golden shroud in half to reach the mummy.




What was the condition of Tutankhamun’s possessions after separating the golden shroud?

After removing the cloth shroud, Carter found the mummy of Tutankhamun in full adornment of necklaces, rings, crowns and sticks, all of pure gold. To remove these artifacts, the excavation team had to separate the skull and the main bones, and after removing the jewelry, the team reconstructed the skeleton of the mummy and placed it in a wooden coffin.










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