Afghanistanhidden treasures from the National Museum, Kabul
7 Mar – 15 Jun 2014
Location: Upper Asian gallery
A glimpse into Afghanistan’s ancient culture and those who risked all to protect it.
Feared lost forever, the artefacts in this exhibition were hidden by museum staff in Kabul, safe from bombs, looters and a Taliban decree to destroy all ‘idolatrous’ images.
Spanning 2200BCE to 200CE, these priceless treasures from important archaeological sites at the heart of the Silk Road have now been seen by over 1.7 million people in major museums worldwide, including the British Museum in London and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Immersive online story
Hear Afghanistani and Australian voices talking about the importance of keeping culture alive under sometimes very difficult circumstances in Journey of the treasures
$28 family (2 adults, up to 3 kids)
$7 student in booked school group
Free for children under 5
Image (left to right): One of a pair of boot buckles with an image of a carriage drawn by dragons (detail). One of a pair of pendants showing the 'Dragon Master’. Tillya Tepe, 1st century AD, National Museum of Afghanistan. Credit: Thierry Ollivier