Friday, January 21, 2011

Tutankhamun's golden mask gets measurement

Mainichi Daily News

Experts from the state-run Japan International Cooperation Agency on Wednesday took measurements of the golden mask of boy king Tutankhamun and other artifacts at the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo, in preparation for their transfer to a new museum.

"We are proud that the Egyptian side put us in charge of an operation handling the country's most important treasure," said Mikio Nakamura, a JICA chief advisor.

The operation is part of a JICA-backed project to reconstruct the database of Egyptian artifacts ahead of the transfer of some 12,500 objects to the Grand Egyptian Museum, scheduled to open in 2013 near the pyramids in Giza on the outskirts of the Egyptian capital.

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