Restoration of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian sarcophagus saves it from a strange outbreak

Restoration of a 4,000-year-old Egyptian sarcophagus saves it from a strange outbreak

The Warrington Museum (England) plans to show in early April the sarcophagus of Pa-ikh-mennu, a priest who worked in the Temple of Amun in Luxor (present-day Thebes) between 3,000 and 4,000 years ago. The event has required previous restoration and cleaning the funeral container, as a strange crystal-shaped bud that grew on the surface endangered its polychrome.

The National Museums of Liverpool They took care of the adequate treatment to leave the piece ready and clean of agents. Apparently, the areas where restorations were carried out 30 and 40 years ago in the sarcophagus are where this strange outbreak has appeared, causing the paint to crack and fall off.

As reported by the curatorTracey seddon, "Fortunately, Ancient Egyptian painting was abundant, but the 'decomposition' was disfiguring the sarcophagus and threatened to damage the artistic work of ancient artisans".

The restoration has turned out to be a success. These unusual crystals have been removed, special adhesive has been applied to firmly fix the paint to the surface and layers of paint have been removed in worse condition.

The affected areas have been covered with paint reinforced with a fine binder that prevents future cracks, but the areas where the paint has been irretrievably lost have not been repainted to avoid confusing both visitors and visitors. academics.

It is known that the sarcophagus, although it is known as the «mom's coffin»Due to its feminine appearance, it contained a male, the already appointed priestPa-ikh-mennu.It is made of wood, possibly recycled from an earlier sarcophagus, as good quality wood was scarce in Egypt. It was transferred to the museum in 1905, as a gift from the Egypt Exploration Society.

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