Grand Egyptian Museum “GEM” has received a number of artefacts from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir.
These artefacts will be renovated in preparation for its display in the Great Staircase following the opening of the opening of the museum in 2020.
The transfer of the artefacts took place amid security measures by Tourism and Antiquities Police and under the supervision of Major General Atef Moftah, general supervisor of the Grand Egyptian Museum.
Dr. Tayeb Abbas, Director of Archaeological Affairs at the Grand Egyptian Museum, said that these pieces include six huge artefacts, including a pink granite statue of King Ramses II in the form of Sphinx, weighing about six tons and a five-meter long column of King Amenemhat III made of granite.
Director General of the Preliminary Restoration and Antiquities Transfer at the Grand Egyptian Museum Dr. Issa Zidan said that before the transfer, that a case report was made for each piece to prove its preservation state accurately.
In addition, a team of restorers of the Ministry of Antiquities carried out the mechanical cleaning of the artifacts before the packaging process.
Zidan added that after the arrival of the pieces to Grand Egyptian Museum, the restorers will start the restoration work so the artifacts will be displayed in the Great Staircase once Grand Museum is inaugurated.
Contributed by Basant Ahmed