Tuesday 25 November 2014

Museum Resurrects a Crushed Mummy Mask

Now, what you do, you take this mask [chuckles]…
Scholars die when they hear it, but we own them
so you can do it
[...] I was so scared the first time I did it…
'What if you tear it?' They say, 'Well you tear it. Since we own it, it’s OK.'”

Some collectors destroy the artefacts they own to get smaller pieces of other artefacts from them, and they think that's great fun. In a museum environment similar artefacts are restored -  Resurrecting a “Pretty Lady” Inside The Conservator's Art (A behind-the-scenes look at conserving Egyptian artifacts at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology), 8th December 2011. And their accession is usually better documented than the anonymous items floating around the antiquities market.

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