The crown pillar of King Ptolemy I is set to arrive within hours to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Al-Remaya Square from the Delta town of Samanoud, Tarek Tawfik, Supervisor General of the museum, told Ahram Online.
According to Tawfik, the crown is headed to the museum's laboratory for restoration and maintenance procedures before being placed on display within the GEM exhibition.
Ayman Ashmawy, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector at the Ministry of Antiquities, explained that the crown pillar was uncovered while ministry representatives monitored the digging for the Samanoud City public hospital in 2009.
The piece was subsequently kept in situ until this week, when the hospital embarked upon the construction of an building extension.
The ministry thus decided to relocate the crown to the GEM.
Ashmawy told Ahram Online that the crown is probably the top of a pillar from the Ptolemaic gate in Samanoud.
The surviving pillar and crown together are 9 meters tall. The crown alone weighs 10 tonnes.
According to Eissa Zida, Director-General of the GEM's first-aid restoration department, a plan was devised in consultation with other experts to remove the crown from the pillar.
The decision, intended to ensure the artefact's secure transportation, was made in accordance with the Samanoud antiquities authority, the Ministry of Antiquities' engineering department, and the restoration department at the GEM.
Zida asserted that the team implemented the latest technological and scientific techniques while the lifting, packing, and transporting the crown.
King Ptolemy I was a Macedonian general under Alexander the Great who ruled Egypt starting in 323 BC, assuming the local title of pharaoh.
The crown pillar
The tlifting of the crown