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Egypt put the famed golden burial mask of King Tutankhamun back on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo on Wednesday evening after the relic was repaired following a botched attempt to reattach the mask's beard with epoxy.

In August 2014, the beard was accidentally knocked off during work on the relic's lighting, after which workers hastily tried to reattach it with epoxy causing damage to the priceless artifact and stirring uproar among archaeologists.

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Thursday, 08 October 2015 13:46

The Met Highlights the Art of Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt is box office gold: Do a show, and people will come. Why? Mummies, Hollywood and Queen Nefertiti certainly contribute to its allure. Also, we tend to identify with Egyptians of thousands of years ago. In art, they look exotic, but not out of reach. They drank beer, collected cats, and wore flip-flops. They yearned to stay young and to live forever, with loved ones nearby and snack food piled high. Who can’t relate to that?

At the same time, they were foreign in ways we can barely imagine, ruled by kings they referred to as “junior gods,” and by gods who had power over all, but had to be flattered, pampered and fed.

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A missing statue of King Tutankhamun has been returned to the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, along with three other objects lost during the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak from power, an Egyptian minister said.

A small part of the crown on the gilded wooden statue of Tutankhamun standing on a boat is missing, as well as pieces of the legs, Zahi Hawass, minister of state for antiquities, said in an e-mailed statement today. The king will be reunited with the boat, which is still in the museum, and restored, he said.

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