The Great Egyptian Museum contains a vast amount of artifacts, with more than 50,000 pieces. Many of them belong to the famous King Tut’s collection.
The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities started with the exhibition of the possessions of the „Golden King“ within a base of 7000 meters after they were restored.
And the restorers did great work: They were able to restore a large number of pieces of the entire collection, and now they completed the the unique war shield of Tutankhamun.
The director-general for restoration affairs at the Grand Egyptian Museum, Hussein Kamal, stated that the shield has been in storage since the tomb was discovered. This was in 1922. Most of the leather parts were separated from the linen trimming.
The restoration turned out to be tricky: At the time of its discovery, the unique English restorer Lux used kerosene wax to stabilize the material, and it remained in storage for a long time until it was transferred to the Great Egyptian Museum. By the way, this is a fate that happens to many ancient Egyptian artifacts.
The work period was originally scheduled for 2 months. The patterns and shapes of the leather parts could be studied in detail and classified. Besides, their attachment was analyzed with modern methods of study.
This war shield will now soon be presented to visitors for the first time, thanks to the outstanding skills of the Egyptian restorers. They make a valuable contribution to the completion of the priceless collection. This is a symbol of the aim of the Egyptians to protect and preserve their civilizational and cultural heritage.