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Sixth Dynasty painted reliefs transported to Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza

Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 30 Jan 2018
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Five painted reliefs from the Old Kingdom Ani-Sneferu Ashnef tomb have been transported from the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Giza in preparation for the soft opening of the GEM later this year.

Osama Abul-Kheir, director-general of restoration at the GEM, told Ahram Online that three other reliefs from the tomb have already been transported to the museum.

Eissa Zidan, director-general of first aid restoration at the GEM, said that all safety measures were taken during the transportation of the reliefs, which are carved in mud-bricks and covered with plaster.

The reliefs, which are adorned with coloured paintings, are set to undergo restoration at the GEM’s laboratory.

The Ani-Sneferu Ashnef tomb, which dates back to the Old Kingdom's sixth Dynasty, was uncovered in 1854 by British explorer Augustus De Morgan in Dahshur. The tomb consists of 18 reliefs of different sizes and shapes.

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