Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul showcases some of the most remarkable archaeological finds in all of Central Asia and provides a glimpse into the world of the ancient Silk Road.
Featuring almost 230 priceless objects from between 2200 BC and AD 200, this exhibition showcases sculptures, jewellery and gold work of extraordinary beauty and significance.
The artefacts in this exhibition were once thought to have been lost forever: casualties of the warfare, looting and destruction that followed the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and the rise of the Taliban in 1996.
In reality, during those years of turmoil the director and curators of the National Museum in Kabul had — at great personal risk — secretly hidden masterpieces from the collection in vaults of the Central Bank in the Presidential Palace. In 2003, the vaults were opened to reveal that the treasures had survived intact.
Objects included in the exhibition are from four significant archaeological sites that reflect Afghanistan’s place at the heart of the ancient Silk Road. They are crafted from precious materials such as gold and turquoise and reflect influences from Egypt, India and Greece, among others.
When: 5 September 2013 - 27 January 2014
Where: Queensland Museum
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