A collapsible nomadic crown (Tillya Tepe), 100 BC - 100 AD
Source: National Museum of Afghanistan
Photo © Thierry Ollivier / Musée Guimet
A remarkable exhibition of stunning artefacts revealing Afghanistan’s rich culture.
Afghanistan was at the heart of the Silk Road, the trading route travelled by Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Marco Polo, linking ancient Iran, Central Asia, India and China, and the more distant cultures of Greece and Rome.
Visiting Australia for the first time, this exhibition, with more than 230 priceless treasures, some thousands of years old, offers a rare opportunity to discover the surprising, untold story of the long and extraordinarily rich culture that is Afghanistan.
For years these artefacts were thought lost or destroyed as war and instability shook the country. In 2003, they were uncovered from vaults in the central bank of the presidential palace, where they had been placed in secrecy by a few courageous staff from the National Museum, Kabul.
Discover stories of bravery that protected these precious artefacts of gold, bronze and stone sculptures, ivories, painted glassware and other ancient works of art.
Event Type: Temporary Exhibition
Daily, 22 Mar - 28 Jul 2013
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Adult $24, Concession $16, Child $14, MV Member Adult $14, MV Member Concession $12, MV Member Child $10
Tickets include entry to Melbourne Museum
Pre-purchase tickets online or by calling 13 11 02.
Online and phone bookings incur a $3.50 fee per transaction.
Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul exhibition is supported by the Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance (AGIEI) Program. This program provides funding for the purchase of insurance for significant cultural exhibitions. Without AGIEI, the high cost of insuring significant cultural items would prohibit this major exhibition from touring to Australia.