The Grand Egyptian Museum Joint Conservation team members have completed the transportation of King Tutankhamun’s canopy. It is the last artifact to be transferred through our GEM-JC project, which is a joint project run by Grand Egyptian Museum, Ministry of Antiquities and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Aiming to jointly transport and conserve 72 targeted artifacts.
The Egyptian and Japanese experts have done a thorough plan regarding the packing and the safe transportation of the last piece through GEM-JC project.
King Tutankhamun’s canopy has safely reached the conservation center on 20th of June, the historical piece has been subjected to many studies, research and examination using non-destructive methods, including X-rays radiography.
Conservators first checked the condition of the canopy, then they proceeded with the 3D scanning process, to create a 3D model of the artifact, additionally, using x-ray to identify the fragile parts of the canopy and its base to identify the weak spots, in order to support it enough and protect it during the transportation. then conservators proceeded with the first aid facing the fragile parts and Partially separated parts of the object using Japanese washi paper and packing by appropriate foam.
These steps are essential to ensure the safety of the artifact when being transported to the Grand Egyptian Museum.
Once the safe arrival of the canopy to GEM, the team started the unpacking process inside the Conservation Center. From now on, further diagnosis and analysis will be conducted on the Canopy of King Tutankhamun before starting its conservation.