Conserving the wall paintings in the tomb of Tutankhamen - Conference by Lori Wong
21 novembre 2013
The American School in Switzerland (TASIS), Via Collina d'Oro 15, 6926 Montagnola, Building: The Palmer Cultural Center
The Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) and Egypt’s Ministry of State for Antiquities (MSA) are collabo­rating on a project for the conservation and man­agement of the tomb of Tutankhamen (KV 62). The project follows a values-based conservation methodology where the archaeological, historic, artistic values, and significance of the tomb guide conservation and management decisions.

The Tomb of Tutankhamen is in the Valley of the Kings on the West Bank of the Nile River, at Luxor. The tomb was part of the necropolis of ancient Thebes during the New Kingdom (1570 - 1070 BCE) and is today a World Heritage Site. Discovered in 1922 by British archaeologist Howard Carter, the treas­ure-filled eighteenth-dynasty tomb of the short-lived pharaoh Tutankhamen attained instant and lasting fame. The project to conserve the tomb provided an unprecedented opportunity for in-depth investigation of the techniques and original materials of the burial chamber wall paintings. Reassessing the technical history of the tomb was an essential first step to understanding deteriora­tion and for formulating appropriate approaches to its conservation.

Lori Wong

Project Specialist, The Getty Conservation Institute
Lori Wong is a wall painting conservator and graduate of the Courtauld Institute of Art’s Conser­vation of Wall Paintings Program. Since joining the Getty in 2002, she has worked on the conserva­tion of wall paintings in Cave 85 and the Visitor Carrying Capacity study (both at the Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang, China), as well as on the Qing Dynasty Painted Architectural Decora­tion at Shuxiang Temple (Chengde, China). Lori is also actively involved in the GCI’s projects in the Valley of the Queens and the Tomb of Tut­ankhamen (Luxor, Egypt) to conserve the pharaonic tomb wall paintings.