STRATEGIES OF CONSERVATION AND MOUNTING OF COSMETICS AS PRESERVATION POLICY AT THE GRAND EGYPTIAN MUSEUM
Abstract - The Grand Egyptian Museum holds in trust for Egypt and the World a chronological statement for the ancient history of Egypt over the past 7000 years. Neighboring a timeless wonder, the Giza Pyramids, the new museum is to pay homage to eternal Ancient Egyptian monuments, treasures, and history hosting over 100,000 artifacts, about 3500 of which belong to the famous King Tutankhamen.
Minerals have been used for adornment for millennia. The Egyptians made an extensive use of many familiar minerals, and, according to recent discoveries, synthesized other compounds using relatively sophisticated chemical techniques.
Egyptians were fond of eye and face coloration of white, green and black. Generally these were mineral powders mixed into pastes with fats. Minerals commonly used to make black powders were galena (PbS), manganese oxides such as pyrolusite, magnetite (iron oxide), cuprite and tenorite (copper oxides), and stibnite (antimony sulfide).
Green eye paints used malachite (copper carbonate) and chrysocolla (hydrated copper silicate). White face paint often came often from cerussite (lead carbonate). One might speculate on the health effects of spreading such poisonous compounds thickly over one's face!It is apparent that ancient Egypt harbored its own creative scientists inspired by observations on minerals to create desired (if unhealthy) products.
Mounting Objects at GEMStart with what you’ve got when you are planning how best to display each object, start with materials you already have or can get at no cost., reuse or recycle materials from previous exhibitions, a larger museum near you have unwanted furniture, display cases, or lighting that needs a good home, and there any old-style shop fittings around your town, They can make fine display furniture. But check props and furniture carefully, if they are dirty or insect damaged, they might harm your collections.
Keywords - The Grand Egyptian Museum, Mounting, Preservation, Cosmetics.