Hidden Treasures of Afghanistan

Afghanistan is a country in central Asia that has been through much unrest within the past 25 years. I really don’t know much about this country, except that it was invaded by the U.S.S.R. in 1979. And the U.S. went to war there before it went to Iraq. War time is never good for the people, especially for the children. The last time I saw a film crew talk to little Afghan girls and I just almost started crying. Of all the children in the world, when it comes to Afghan children, my heart really goes out to them. I have some sort of deep connection with a country and place I know nothing about.

So when I read National Geographic’s recent article about Afghanistan’s Hidden treasure, I was really excited to hear some sort of good news coming for their country. These are some of the most amazing artwork and jewelries of antiquity I’ve seen, very beautiful and full of history. I can see both intregration of East & West in these work. I plan to visit the exhibit when it comes out to the SF Asian Art Museum from October 24, 2008, to January 25, 2009.

Just looking at this beautiful piece of jewelry, from the National Geographic story, brings me back to the times of caravans and international merchants meeting in the ancient days.

A little excerpt from the exhibit:

“Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures From the National Museum, Kabul” offers the world a look at a selection of the contents of the Central Bank vault. It is a collection of some of the most remarkable archaeological finds in all of Central Asia, pieces that are not only artistically splendid but also reveal a diverse and thriving ancient culture.

Hidden Treasures” offers visitors a look not only at the rare and beautiful objects themselves but also at the history and significance of Afghanistan as a place of remarkable diversity. Aside from Fullol, the Bronze Age site, the collections relate to one of the most dynamic periods in Afghanistan’s history, from the third century B.C. to the first century A.D., which covers the beginning of Silk Road trade.”

Another excerpt from National Geographic:
“Walk through the bazaars in Kabul or Mazar-e Sharif and you’ll see why, for more than two millennia, people have been calling Afghanistan the crossroads of Asia. One face looks Mediterranean, another Arab – or Indian, or Chinese, or eastern European. Eyes range from pea green to chestnut brown to something approaching orange. Successive invasions and influences wove a tapestry of ethnicities and left behind what the exhibition curator, Fredrik Hiebert of the National Geographic Society, calls “some of the most remarkable archaeological finds in all of Central Asia.”

Exhibition Schedule

National Gallery of Art

Washington, D.C.
May 25 to September 7, 2008

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

San Francisco, California
October 24, 2008, to January 25, 2009

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Houston, Texas
February 22 to May 17, 2009

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York, New York
June 23 to September 20, 2009

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