El-Tayeb Abbas, the assistant to the tourism minister for archaeological affairs at the GEM, said that every object was accurately examined and a report on its current condition has been drafted.
Furthermore, Eissa Zidan — the executive director for restoration and transportation of objects at the GEM — explained that the transportation process was very critical because of the tall and large size of the colossi.
For example, the pair of statues of Amun and Mut are 4 metres tall, 186 centimetres wide, and 169 centimetres deep — a matter that has led to the study of the scheduled transportation route and the removal of any obstacles that could get in the shipment’s way.
The colossus was reassembled on a metal structure in the late 1990s by the German archaeological mission headed by Hourig Sourouzian.
All the pieces of the colossus were installed in their original position; however, the missing segments were kept empty to be added later in the event they are found.