Members of the conservation Team: (l – r) Fathi Ragab, Saad Kenawy Mohammed, Joseph Harfiz, and Esha El’Kady.
Conservation team member Esha El’Kady removes sand and dust from the figure of Nu-Amun.
Upper Register of the east wall of Room 2 after conservation. (l-r) Mut, Hathor and a seated Thoth worshipped by Ptolemy VIII.
From the ceiling of Room 2 lumps of dry, mud-like dirt fell off onto the floor as I watched, revealing coloured decoration.
Upper Register of the west wall of Room 2. Small paper sheets and solvents used by the conservation team as part of their poulticing toolkit.
North wall, Room 2, Upper Register, detail of right-hand scene. From the grime of millennia a beautiful figure of Ptolemy VIII wearing the red crown, ceremonial beard, collar, wristbands and shendyt has emerged. A description prior to the cleaning indicates the figure’s prior state: “… it is possible to recognise the remnants of the royal cartouches and some incomplete hieroglyphic characters … [and] two raised hands of the king, adoring or presenting an offering.”