Preserving and restoring historic artifacts such as Tutankhamun’s Burial Mask presents unique challenges. The iconic 3,000-year-old artifact was damaged during cleaning, and the beard, which had fallen off, was badly glued back some time ago using epoxy resin.
Adhesives company Henkel was approached for help. The first task would be the removal of the epoxy so that no residues were left behind. A high-tech adhesive that would withstand high temperatures and vibration, yet still be easily removable should this be required in the future, was required for the restoration of the golden mask.
Using 3D modelling and extensive testing, a hot melt adhesive was developed by Henkel for this once-off project. During a presentation ceremony at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Henkel was praised by the head of the restoration team for its significant contribution to the preservation of this significant relic of Egypt’s past.