In Pics: All you need to know about wood restoration works in GEM

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Tue, 02 Jun 2020 - 03:31 GMT

Part of Tutankhamun’s holdings in the wood restoration laboratory at the GEM - ET

Part of Tutankhamun’s holdings in the wood restoration laboratory at the GEM - ET

CAIRO - 2 June 2020: The wood restoration lab in the Grand Egyptian Museum currently contains a unique collection of King Tutankhamun's holdings, including the sarcophagus of the Pharaonic king, a number of beds and his war wheels.

The king's holdings are being restored in the lab after having been waxed to be protected against environmental factors.

The wax layer worked to protect the artefacts to a great extent, but it took a lot of effort to remove that layer in preparation for the modern restoration using the latest scientific methods.

Some wooden parts have already been affected by wax, especially at the gilded sides, because of the oxidation process between the layer of wax and wood. Special restoration plans have been set up for these artifacts.

Two restorers are currently working at the wood restoration lab of the Grand Egyptian Museum; both are wearing face-masks and gloves, and applying social distancing.

The lab receives wooden artifacts of all kinds, whether they are colored, gilt wood, or inlaid. Work usually includes making available checks, documentation, analysis, and photographing. This is in addition to experimenting and conducting tests for materials that will be used in the restoration process, considering that each piece is a special case.

Restoration and maintenance works of antiquities are carried out within the wood restoration laboratories of the Grand Egyptian Museum by first developing a visualization of the treatment methods, and a time plan for the work presented to the museum managers and after approval, restoration begins.

Officials at the museum abide by the state’s instructions to reduce the number of workers at the museum. All employees and workers wear face-masks, and their temperatures are measured before entering the museum in the morning and before leaving in the evening.

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Part of Tutankhamun's holdings in GEM's wood restoration laboratory - ET

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