When Wilfried Rosendahl, an archeologist from Mannheim, embarked on a secret mission to the somewhat isolated town of Idar-Oberstein, he felt uncomfortable. “Apparently some people vacation there voluntarily,” he says with a noticeable shudder.
Rosendahl went to the workshop of lapidary Michael Peuster to view the results of a special order. Peuster had cut and polished a 14-kilogram (31-lb.) block of crystal to make a life-sized replica of a human skull.
The project took Peuster over a year to finish. This Sunday the skull goes on display at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museum in Mannheim, mysteriously lit and displayed in a glass case. Rosendahl will ceremoniously pull a black cloth from the case to open the “Skull Cult” exhibit, and he’s looking forward to the astonished looks on the faces of museum visitors.
He won’t hide the fact that the transparent skull is not an archeological artifact. On the contrary, says Rosendahl, “this is the first time that the manufacture of this type of skull has been documented from the very beginning.” Read more.