Egypt to try 8 over botched repair of King Tut mask
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Egypt to try 8 over botched repair of King Tut mask

Famed mask’s beard was broken off during cleaning, then reattached with damaging epoxy

The gold mask of King Tutankhamun on display in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, December 16, 2015. (AP/Nariman El-Mofty)
The gold mask of King Tutankhamun on display in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, December 16, 2015. (AP/Nariman El-Mofty)

CAIRO — Eight Egyptians involved in a botched repair of the famed golden burial mask of King Tut, which was corrected late last year, have been referred to trial for “gross negligence.”

Prosecutors said in a Sunday statement that the 3,300-year-old mask, whose beard was accidentally knocked off and hastily glued on with epoxy in 2014, was scratched and damaged as a result.

The mask was put back on display last month after a German-Egyptian team of specialists removed the epoxy and reattached the beard using beeswax, which is often used as an adhesive for antiquities.

Restoration specialist Christian Eckmann said a year ago that the cause of a scratch discovered on the mask had not been determined, but that it could have been recent.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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