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Afghanistan’s Hidden Treasures

May 31, 2008
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A plaque from Begram, Afghanistan. (1st or 2nd century A.D.)
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An ivory statue from Begram. (1st or 2nd century A.D.)
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A goblet depicting figures harvesting dates, from Begram.
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The first group consists of three rare Bronze Age gold bowls, one intact and fragments of two others. They were found in 1972 at Tepe Fullol in northeastern Afghanistan
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objects from the Greco-Bactrian city of Ai Khanum, founded in 300 B.C. by a follower of Alexander the Great
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large ceremonial plaque in silver and gold from the third century B.C.
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A bronze mask of Silenus from Begram.
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The scenes here are miniature and worldly, dominated by curvaceous women, sharing gossip, jokes or maybe wine, among elaborately carved archways and grills, and surrounded by opulent plants in gardens whose gates are left tantalizingly ajar.
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These contain the extraordinary jewelry, weapons, coins and clothing ornaments found in six royal graves dating from the first century A.D.
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A small solid-gold Aphrodite
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