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In Photos: Tutankhamun coffee cups' mask replica sets a new world record

Egypt set a new Guinness World Record for the largest mosaic of the boy king Tutankhamun's mask made of coffee cups

Nevine El-Aref , Saturday 28 Dec 2019
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Some 200 people gathered at the open court of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) on Saturday to create a replica of the ancient Egyptian’s iconic boy king using coffee cups.

A total of 7,260 neatly-layered cups, covering 60 square metres, were used in making the world's largest coffee cup mosaic.

For the attempt, 12 local producers of coffee cups provided cups with seven different flavours and colours to create the palette for Tutankhamun's mask mosaic, including soy sauce (brown), sesame (black), and matcha (green).

Once the record was set, the coffee cups were distributed (as per the requirement for food-related records) among the participants as well as children.

The Tutankhamun's mask replica beat the 2012 world record set by a US coffee-cup mosaic depicting Elvis Presley's face, which consisted of 5,642 cups of coffee with a total area of 37.24 square metres.

The GEM is scheduled to open in late 2020. 

People stand beside a model of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun
People stand beside a model of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun's death mask made from coffee cups at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Egypt December 28, 2019. (Reuters)

People stand beside a model of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun
People stand beside a model of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun's death mask made from coffee cups at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Egypt December 28, 2019. (Reuters)

People gather around a depiction of the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun
People gather around a depiction of the ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun's death mask made with 7260 cups of coffee, in front of the newly-built Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) in Giza, on the southwestern outskirts of the capital Cairo on 28 December 2019. (AFP)

A man helps a girl with special needs in making the model of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun
A man helps a girl with special needs in making the model of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun's death mask made from coffee cups at the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza, Egypt December 28, 2019. (Reuters)

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