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JERUSALEM - An ivory pomegranate long touted by scholars as the only relic from Solomon's Temple is a forgery, the Israel Museum said Friday, as investigators were wrapping up a separate probe officials say uncovered several antiquity forgery rings.
Indictments in that investigation are to be handed down next week, the officials said on condition of anonymity.
Among those to be indicted is Israeli collector Oded Golan, the Justice Ministry confirmed. Golan, who denied wrongdoing, owns the two most spectacular artifacts declared fakes last year: a burial chest purported to be that of James, the brother of Jesus, and a stone tablet with inscriptions on how to maintain the Jewish Temple.
Originally posted by FredT
An Ivory pomegranate which many believed to be the only surviving relic of King Solomons temple has been proven to be a forgery. One has to wonder how many other religious artifacts like the Shroud of Tourin and others like the grail and ark are simply made up?