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Egypt on Sunday displayed the golden sarcophagus of the pharaoh tutankhamen, in restoration for the first time since it was discovered his grave by Howard Carter in 1922.
The restoration process began on July 12, when the three-tiered sarcophagus was transported from the Valley of the Kings to the new Great Egyptian Museum in Cairo, and will be permanently exhibited when the museum opens its doors in 2020, along with others. objets of Tutankhamen.
The coffin is inside a plastic incubator with state-of-the-art equipment to fumigate the coffin as the first step in its restoration process, which is carried out in the Museum's laboratory for wooden objects.
Egypt's Minister of Antiquities, Khaled el-Enany, commented that “we are showing you a unique historical object, not only for Egypt but for the whole world”.
Enany noted that shortly after the discovery of the tomb, both the innermost gold casket and the middle gilded wooden casket were transferred to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Meanwhile he large outer gilt coffin was left inside the tomb with the quartzite sarcophagus outermost of the pharaoh.
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