A museum conservator claimed that the famous Egyptian artifact was damaged after it was being cleaned at the museum.

But did it really get damaged?

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The general director of the museum says those claims are not true, however. CNN reports,

the Egyptian Museum's general director, Mahmoud El-Halwagi, dismissed the claims in an interview with Ahram Online, saying the beard was in its original position and that nothing had happened to the mask since he took up his position in October.

"An archaeological committee was assigned to inspect the mask and beard in order to write a detailed report on the mask's condition," he said.

If the committee finds that the mask actually had been damaged, it won't be the first time this has happened. There have been other times artifacts, and historical pieces were damaged in museums, and other locations meant to keep them safe.