The Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) received 13 huge artifacts from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir, as part of the transfer of artifacts to be displayed at the GEM, in preparation for its opening, according to the general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum project Atef Moftah.
Dr. Al-Tayyeb Abbas, Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Archaeological Affairs at GEM said that the transferred pieces include a double statue of the gods Amun and Mut, a pink granite column of King Ramses II, in addition to a limestone statue of the goddess Isis carrying her child Horus, and a large limestone panel of King Amenemhat I, as well as a number of other large and engraved paintings.
Moreover, Dr. added. Al-Tayeb Abbas that all the artifacts were before registered before the transfer process and a detailed status report was prepared for each piece.
He also pointed out that a necessary restoration and maintenance work is set to start immediately; which is the method used in all the pieces that are transferred to the museum.
On his part, Dr. Issa Zidan, Executive Director of the Restoration and Transportation of Antiquities at the GEM said that the transfer process that took place yesterday is one of the delicate and complex transfers that the museum has witnessed in recent times.
In addition, Zidan pointed out to the largeness of the transferred pieces, especially the double statue of the gods Amun and Mut, which is about 4.15 meters, 186 centimeters wide, and 169 centimeters deep.
He also added that this required a careful study of the itinerary of the transportation process and the roads it passes through before the transportation process, in order to remove and avoid any obstacles on the way, due to the height of the statue.
Contributed by Nada Mustafa