An incredible story of courage and survival.
Almost lost forever, the ancient artefacts in Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul survived war, looting and a Taliban decree to destroy all images.
During the many years of turmoil that followed the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and the rise of the Taliban in 1996, the director and curators of the National Museum in Kabul risked their lives to keep the museum’s most precious objects from being destroyed.
Priceless cultural treasures were secreted in vaults in the central bank at the presidential palace, with the multiple keys given to a few brave custodians, known as ‘key-holders’.
The surviving treasures date from 2200BC to 200AD, and include important archaeological finds from four significant Silk Route sites. Amongst the precious objects are Bronze Age gold pieces; hundreds of ancient coins; and the famous ‘Bactrian hoard’, a collection of some 20,000 gold, silver, and ivory artefacts from burial plots at Tillya Tepe in northern Afghanistan.
Seen by over 1.7 million people in major museums worldwide, the exhibition provides a glimpse into Afghanistan’s ancient culture and is testimony to the bravery of those who risked all to protect it.
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