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World anticipating inauguration of GEM in 2021

Sunday، 01 November 2020 - 02:35 PM

With only a couple of days left to the 98th anniversary of the great discovery of King Tutankhamun’s tomb in Luxor, the world is up for another big day next year as the countdown starts to the inauguration of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM), the new venue of the most precious and rare archaeological pieces in the world.

The whole Tut collection will be on display in a big showroom established over a surface area of 7,500 square meters at the GEM.
So far, the GEM has received 5,340 pieces of the collection, said general supervisor of the project Maj. Gen. Atef Muftah in statements to MENA Sunday.
More than 90 percent of the vitrines have been installed, Muftah said, noting that the showroom will include a total of 105 glass cases.
Director General of the Conservation Center Dr Eissa Zidan said the biggest part of King Tut’s collection has been repaired, noting that some pieces were in really bad condition due to years of storage at warehouses of the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square.
Those pieces have never been niched and will be first displayed at the GEM in 2021, Zidan told MENA.
The gilded outer coffin of King Tut has already been restored, he said, adding that it was first removed from the tomb in Luxor – where it had been discovered in 1922 – to the GEM in July 2019.
Tutankhamun’s gold mask, currently on display at the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, is set to be moved to the GEM ahead of the inauguration, Zidan made it clear.
Tutankhamun, known as the 'Golden Pharaoh', was an 18th dynasty king who ruled from the age of eight to 19.
He died in 1324BC and is best known for his royal tomb, the first ever to be discovered almost entirely intact.
He was buried in the Valley of the Kings in Luxor and discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1922.
His tomb was filled with royal treasures, including a dagger made from meteorite.
It contained three coffins nestled within one another. Shortly after it was discovered both the inner and middle caskets were transferred to the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir Square, downtown Cairo, while the outer gilded coffin was left behind.
In July, the outer casket was removed in a tight security operation, and fumigated for seven days.
Once the work has been completed, the coffin will be on display at the GEM together with the inner and middle caskets. It will be the first time the three caskets are displayed together since their discovery.
The innermost coffin is made of solid gold, while the middle coffin was made with gilded wood, inlaid with multi-colored glass.
For many, Tut embodies ancient Egypt's glory because his tomb was packed with the glittering wealth of the rich 18th Dynasty from 1569 to 1315 BC.


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