The famous mask of Tutankhamun has suffered inadvertent damage since it was excavated by Howard carter in 1922 from misguided attempts to polish the gold and lapis. The most recent, and most significant damage

however occurred when a Museum worker broke the mask’s beard off while changing a light globe in the display. to make matters worse a hasty repair was affected using epoxy glue, which in addition to creating an unsightly join has actually damaged the surface of the mask.

The German government as offered to fund the restoration set to cost about $110,000.