Museum Botches King Tut’s Beard Repair
He’s meant to be adorned in gold, not glue. Curators at Cairo’s Egyptian Museum permanently damaged Tutankhamun’s burial mask after knocking off his braided beard as they cleaned the funerary relic. They then crudely repaired it with an irreversible epoxy glue and used a spatula to remove excess residue from the 3,300-year-old mask, leaving scratches. The museum — already struggling from Egypt’s downturn in tourism — has dimmed the lights on the boy king in an attempt to save face.