Tokyo National Museum ed: OGON NO AFUGANISUTAN: MAMORINUKARETA SHIRUKU RODO NO HIHO. Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul. Tokyo, 2016. 259 pp. Colour plates throughout. 28x21 cm. Paper.
Catalogue of an exhibition held at the Kyushu National Museum and then the Tokyo National Museum showing 231 ancient artworks held in the National Museum of Afghanistan from cultures that flourished in the country from around 2100 BC through to the second century AD. These include treasures from Tepe Fullol, Ai Khanum, Tillya Tepe, Begram and elsewhere. Also includes 15 treasures that were pillaged from museums and sites in Afghanistan, smuggled out of the country and which found their way to Japan.
Includes many gold objects and jewellery, decorative plaques, Gandharan Buddhist statuary, bronzes, glass and much other interesting and rare objects. Much of the material demonstrates Afghanistan's position as an ancient Silk Road trading route - cross cultural influences and objects abound. Fascinating.
This catalogue has proved hard to obtain due to the popularity of the exhibition. Good introductory essays, descriptions of the main sites, and also captions to plates in English. Main text in Japanese.
Subjects: Archaeology Art
Available, as of: 21/09/2017
Was item 18 in printed List 188.
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