The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) has just received seven artifacts from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.
The artifacts are considered one of the largest pieces to be displayed in the Great Staircase following the museum’s opening in 2020.
“Among these pieces, a sarcophagus made of pink granite for King Ramesses weighing about six tons, and a statue of King Amenemhat III made of black basalt, in addition to a limestone plate for King Akhenaten,” Dr. Tayeb Abbas, Director of Archaeological Affairs at the Grand Egyptian Museum said.
Director-General of the Preliminary Restoration and Antiquities Transfer at the Grand Egyptian Museum Dr. Issa Zidan said that before the transfer, a case report was made for each piece to prove its preservation state accurately.
In addition to, doing a full radar scan, three-dimensional imaging, and a laser scan for all pieces before the packaging, which was in accordance with the scientific method used in the packaging heavy and huge monuments.
The company placed each artifact inside a foam-lined crate to protect it from any vibrations during the transportation process, which lasted for four hours.
“After the arrival of the pieces to Grand Egyptian Museum, a team of restorers of the Ministry of Antiquities will start the restoration work so the artifacts will be displayed in the Great Staircase once the museum is inaugurated in 2020,” Zidan added.