Israel Museum

Crude yet explict, this remarkable drawing from Kuntillet Ajrud, a ninth-century B.C. pilgrimage site or travelers way-station in Sinai, provides a rare window into an unusual aspect of ancient Israelite religion. A line of five stick-like men, arms upraised as if in prayer, decorates this storage jar. Some argue the men are worshiping an incorporeal Yahweh.

When Israel gives this important find to Egypt, to whose culture it is marginal at best, will it be properly cared for? Will it even be accessible to the public?