Israel’s sacred objects: ‘You don’t have to take it with you’
Israeli sacred objects like the mummified skull of a young woman, the head of a lion, the severed head of an animal and the stone coffin of a priest’s daughter have been put up for auction on the Internet.
It’s all a part of an ongoing exhibition called “The Temple.”
The collection is called “In Memory of the Sacred.”
The auction house said the auction includes a mummification of the woman’s head.
It was purchased by the Israel Antiquities Authority for $3,000 (US$2,250) and was part of a “sacred object exhibition,” the auction house told CBC News.
A few months ago, an auction house in Israel sold two mummies for $5,000 to $6,000.
It has since been brought to Canada for display in the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Toronto.
There is a very significant collection of mummies in Israel and in Israel is a significant collection in Canada of sacred objects,” said a statement from the auction houses.”
These are pieces of historical and cultural significance that are important to us, and that are part of our cultural heritage.
“We think it is important that we share them in the same way we would share books and music and artifacts from the past, and we think it’s important that the public can experience these objects in a way that is respectful of their context.”
Israel has a long history of cultural and religious displays that were not intended to offend, but have been used to convey the rich religious history of the country.
A 2011 exhibition at Tel Aviv’s El-Barik Jewish museum that included artifacts from Jerusalem, Palestine, Egypt and Syria was the subject of widespread criticism.
The Jerusalem exhibition also included a mausoleum that was sold by a group of private collectors in 2007 for $2.2 million, according to a report by the Jerusalem Post.
The auction houses statement said the mummies from Tel Aviv and Tel Aviv University were bought by the public in their entirety, with the museum not getting involved in the sale.
The mummies, according the statement, were part of the collection of the Museum of the Bible.
The Hebrew University, which is part of Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said in a statement to CBC News that it was not involved in selling the objects.
“This is not a museum exhibit.
It is an individual’s private collection of objects and items from Israel and the Middle East that have been donated to the Museum,” the statement read.”
We do not sell any artifacts that are owned by private collectors.”