King Meneptah pillar arrived safely to its permanent display area at the atrium of Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM)
King Meneptah is the fourth king of the 19th Dynasty and the son of king Ramses II. He ruled for ten years since 1013-1203 BC.
Dr. TarekTawfik, Supervisor General of the Grand Egyptian Museum said that the pillar was discovered in 1970 inside Meneptah temple in Matariya archaeological site, east to Arab Al-Hesn area. It is carved in red granite and a limestone base. It is decorated with engravings of the king’s different titles, cartouche and scenes depicting his victory in wars against the Libyan tribes. The pillar is of 17 tones in weights and 5,60 meters tall. It was first transported in 2008 to the Salaheddin Citadel for conservation and restoration as residential area around it was suffering of high level of subterranean water.
The pillar was then kept in the Citadel for ten years until it was chosen to be among the GEM exhibition scenario. It is to be put on show at the atrium at the GEM main entrance gate neighbouring the colossus of his father king Ramses II.
EissaZidan Director General of First-Aid Restoration at the GEM explains that all safety measures has been taken before transportation as the pillar was subjected to restoration and comprehensive study to detect its current conservation condition in order to consolidate the weak points and provide it with extra support before transportation. Mechanical Cleaning, removing dust and the consolidation of weak layers of the pillar have been taken before packing which took eight hours.
He asserts that a wooden base padded with of layers of foams has been made to fix the pillar on it with special ropes to safeguard it during transportation procedures guarded by the Tourism and Antiquities police.
Osama Abulkheir, Director General of the Restoration Department at the GEM said that upon its arrival the pillar would be subjected to examination, archaeological analyses and complete restoration work.