A top Moscow gallery bowed to religious sensibilities and pulled an exhibit that combined two potent symbols of Russia -- a gold icon and black caviar -- local media reported on Thursday.
Churchgoers had appealed to the state Tretyakov gallery, objecting to "Icon-Caviar", which depicts hundreds of tiny fish eggs where the face should be on an icon, saying it was trivial and insulting.
The artist, Alexander Kosolapov, told Ekho Moskvy radio that his work was in no way religious: "The icon frame -- that's a metaphor for Russia. The caviar, that's also a metaphor."
Ha! We think it's offensive if you use an offensive material to depict the sacred image. But if you had to argue that it's worse to use caviar than to use elephant dung, couldn't you?