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Ancient Egyptian coffin mask conserved for the Book of the Dead exhibition at the British Museum

Conservators at the British Museum preparing an ancient Egyptian coffin mask for display in the exhibition Journey through the afterlife: ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead.
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preparations for the British Museum's next major exhibition are well underway indeed this Egyptian head of nesba neb dead has come for a quick facial in the organics conservation lab the head is part of a wooden coffin which is two and a half thousand years old Ellen the conservator is being as careful as possible to remove the dirt from his face she is using a conservation grade sponge and a finely tuned rolling action to take off that unsightly dirt you you