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Brace yourselves, folks. This story is all kinds of messed up. As The Associated Press is reporting, it appears that the beard was quickly glued back on by curators at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo with epoxy, an "irreversible material" that's completely unsuitable for a restoration effort of this importance. Conservators at the museum revealed the incident yesterday.
Frustratingly, the story isn't entirely clear because three of the museum's curators are offering conflicting accounts. It's not known when the incident happened, or whether the iconic beard was accidentally knocked off or removed because it was loose. What we do know, however, is that the curators were "ordered" from above to fix it quickly and that epoxy was used. All three curators refused to give their names for fear of professional reprisals.
Another museum conservator, who was present at the time of the repair, said that epoxy had dried on the face of the boy king's mask and that a colleague used a spatula to remove it, leaving scratches. The first conservator, who inspects the artifact regularly, confirmed the scratches and said it was clear that they had been made by a tool used to scrape off the epoxy.
originally posted by: AdmireTheDistance
a reply to: intrptr
Thank you! I was beginning to think I might be going crazy or something, for thinking this is a big deal.
originally posted by: Klassified
a reply to: AdmireTheDistance
They were looking for a parchment, or other artifact inside the beard secretly, but screwed up royally covering their tracks. J/K, but it would make for an interesting conspiracy. Hopefully, they are able to minimize the damage done.