Young visitor accidentally breaks artifact at Israel museum

AP News
Posted: Aug 26, 2015 8:36 AM

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's leading museum says a young visitor accidentally bumped into a display case and broke an ancient glass artifact.

Ran Lior of the Israel Museum says the item, a gold-glass base of a 4th century Roman funerary vessel, broke along a previously repaired crack.

He said Wednesday the museum has restored the item and returned it to the display.

The artifact includes a Latin inscription and a depiction of a Christian couple with their children.

It is one of some 300 ancient Roman and Near Eastern artifacts donated to the museum this year by Robert and Renee Belfer. The artifacts are on public display for the first time.

Lior declined to discuss the "poor girl" who inadvertently broke the artifact this week.