“It has been revealed that workers at Cairo’s Egyptian Museum accidentally knocked the braided beard off the burial mask of King Tutankhamen and are now facing charges,” stated History.com.
“There have been differing accounts of how the mask’s blue-and-gold braided beard broke off since its damage came to light in 2014,” commented CNN.com
“A museum employee knocked the beard off during work on the relic’s lighting in August 2014, after which it was hastily reattached with epoxy. When the error was revealed in January, the Antiquities Ministry quickly called a press conference where Eckmann said he and an Egyptian team could fix the epoxy-job and avoid permanent damage,” reported cbsnews.com
“This is not the first time that the beard has been severed from the mask that was placed over the young pharaoh’s face after his death around 1323 B.C. at the age of 19. When British archaeologist Howard Carter discovered the mask inside King Tut’s burial chamber in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings in 1924, he found the beard separate from it. It remained unattached when the mask arrived at the Egyptian Museum that year, and the facial hair was finally connected with glue in 1941. Eckmann said that the adhesive had likely loosened over the decades, making last year’s accident more likely,” reported History.com