CAIRO – 1 March 2022: On February 28, the Grand Egyptian Museum received 13 huge artifacts from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, as part of the transfer of artifacts to be displayed at the museum.
This was stated by Atef Moftah, the general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum project and the surrounding area.
Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Archaeological Affairs at the Grand Egyptian Museum Al-Tayeb Abbas explained that among the pieces that were transferred to the museum are a double statue of the deities Amun and Mut, a pink granite column of King Ramses II, a limestone statue of the goddess Isis carrying her child Horus, and a large mural of King Amenemhat I on limestone.
Abbas said that all the artifacts were documented before the transfer process and a detailed status report was prepared for each piece, pointing out that it is scheduled to start the necessary restoration and maintenance work of the pieces immediately.
For his part, Executive Director General of Restoration and Transfer of Antiquities at the Grand Egyptian Museum Issa Zidan said this transfer is one of the most complex transfers the museum has witnessed in recent times. This is due to the enormity of the transported pieces, especially the double statue of Amun and Mut that is about 4.15 meters high, 186 cm wide and 169 cm deep, which required a careful study of the transportation process and the roads used in it.
It should be noted that this statue was assembled on a metal structure in the late nineties by the German archaeological mission headed by Horig Surzian. The missing parts were kept as they are in order to be added if found later without detracting from the beauty of the statue.