Grand Egyptian Museum receives Tutankhamun's 2nd shrine

Nevine El-Aref , Monday 11 Oct 2021

A few months after receiving the fourth and third shrines of Tutankhamun, the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) received the second shrine and placed it in its permanent location at the boy king’s gallery.

Second shrine
The second shrine of the golden king Tutankhamun.


Atef Moftah, supervisor-general of the GEM and the surrounding area, said the process of disassembling and reassembling the shrine took four hours of hard work. 

The GEM has recently received three shrines of the boy king, the last one being the biggest artefact from his treasured collection, he added.

Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Archaeological Affairs at the GEM El-Tayeb Abbas said the newly transferred shrine is carved in gilded wood and was discovered in November 1922 in the boy king's tomb in the Valley of the Kings on Luxor’s west bank. 

The transfer was carried out amid security measures by the Tourism and Antiquities Police under the supervision of restorers and museum curators. 

Abbas added that the rest of the king’s shrines will be transferred to be the GEM and displayed according to the exhibition scenario in the 7,200 square-metre galleries dedicated to the king’s treasures. These are equipped with state-of-the-art display technology with the environmental control of temperature, humidity, and lighting, in addition to labels with graphics and explanatory cards for each piece.

Moemen Osman, head of the museums sector, said the shrine was dismantled and reassembled according to scientific and archaeological criteria, using the technique used by ancient Egyptians. 

The shrine was dismantled into 15 pieces, each wrapped separately, Osman said, adding that the Egyptian Museum in Tahrir is restoring the first shrine to be transported to the GEM soon.

Director of the restoration and transfer of antiquities at the GEM Eissa Zidan said a detailed report about the condition of the shrine was produced prior to the transfer. 

Each piece of the shrine was transferred in inner and external boxes using acid-free materials, he added. 

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