Eight museum workers in Egypt, including the former head of the Egyptian Museum, face charges of “gross negligence” after a botched reattachment of the beard on King Tut's mask. After the 3,300-year-old mask received an accidental "shave" back in 2014, workers hastily reattached the with epoxy glue, resulting in scratches and damages, as detailed in a statement released by prosecutors on Sunday.
"In an attempt to cover up the damage they inflicted, they used sharp instruments such as scalpels and metal tools to remove traces of adhesive on the mask, causing damage and scratches that remain.”
However, as reported by The Guardian, the museum's director, Mahmoud el-Halwagy, has denied the allegations, claiming that beard never fell off since his appointment. Elham Abdelrahman, the head of the museum's conservation department stated that the museum hierarchy would have never covered up such an event and that the glue was a precautionary measure.
Feature image via Jon Bodsworth.