The Antiquities Ministry began on Tuesday renovating the wooden coffin of King Tutankhamun in preparation for its exhibition at the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM).
Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of the Antiquities Mostafa Waziri said that Tut’s mummy had been moved to GEM after the approval of the Permanent Committee for Egyptian Antiquities during its meeting June.
“This is the first renovation being conducted since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922,” Waziri stated.
Tutankhamun’s coffin will be displayed in GEM along with other golden coffins which are placed at the Egyptian Museum at Tahrir Square and set to be transferred to GEM.
On the other hand, Director-General of the Preliminary Restoration and Transportation of Heavy Antiquities at the Grand Egyptian Museum Issa Zeidan said works of maintenance, sterilization, and restoration will take eight months as the coffin suffers have some damages which are all being documented before moving it.
The coffin will be moved amid tight security measures and under the supervision of archaeologists in cooperation with the police of tourism and antiquities.
Within the coming two weeks, local and foreign media are set to be invited to see and report the golden coffin at GEM.