This week in adhesive news, a research team from Henkel adhesives helped to restore the 3,000-year-old burial mask of Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun. The mask was damaged in a cleaning procedure, during which the beard fell off and was reapplied with an epoxy.
“The beard had been incorrectly glued to the mask using an epoxy,” said Rainer Schönfeld, Ph.D., lead researcher. “We have a great deal of expertise about epoxy technologies, and we also know how to remove this kind of adhesive.”
The team removed the epoxy and reattached the broken piece with a hot-melt adhesive. The restored mask was recently presented during a ceremony at the Egyptian museum in Cairo.
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