Friday, June 5, 2009

Exhibit

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I JUST RECEIVED AN INVITATION
to the exhibition:
"AFGHANISTAN, HIDDEN TREASURES
from
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM, KABUL."
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AT: THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM of ART,
N.Y.C.
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Meet me on the steps in front of the Museum
on Wed., June 17, 2009, at 1:00 PM. I have an
extra ticket. It will be fun. How will you know
me? Red rose in lapel, of course!
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from the invitation :
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Ancient Afghanistan, at the crossroads of major trade
routes, was home to many civilizations of Asia, where
countless artistic influences mixed. The exhibition
celebrates this heritage, and the rescue of the precious
treasures, thought to have been stolen or destroyed.
Highlights are: gold vessels from the Bronze Age,
architectural elements and sculpture from Ai Khanum,
Indian style ivories, Roman glass, items traded along the
Silk Road, inlaid gold jewelry and objects from the tombs
at Tillya Tepe.
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By the time the Taliban were driven from power
in Nov. 2001, The National Museum of Afghanistan
had lost two-thirds of its collection of 100,000
artworks and artifacts. Etched into the sandstone
of the Bamiyan Mountains are the remains of the
colossal Buddha of Mamiyan that stood for 1500
years. The Taliban required several weeks of
bombings to finally crumble the monuments, which
they saw as an affront to their religion.

12 comments:

Natalie said...

If only......It looks fabby Lyn.xx♥

Lyn said...

Hi Natalie-
You mean I have to scratch you off my list? Darn...

Jeane said...

OMG! it is going to be quite the event! - yippee for you :) and alas for me :(

Lyn said...

Hi Jeane-
I always love the Met's specials ..so comprehensive..I'll let you know!!!

Derrick said...

Hi Lyn,

Surely you have something a little more flamboyant to wear than a red rose for us to spot you on the steps?! Something like that piece of jewellery for instance?

If you book the plane ticket, I'll be there!

Lyn said...

Hi Derrick-
You're at the top of the list!! Now if only I were a zillionaire..
all aboard!!
The rose is just the beginning...

Deedee said...

How could anyone destroy such priceless and beautiful things? I find ancient art endlessly fascinating. Have a great time at the museum!

Lyn said...

Hi Deedee-
Thanks, I'll report back!
I guess ignorance leads to the savagery that destroys...

Poetikat said...

I wish I COULD join you! Have a wonderful time!

Kat

Lyn said...

Hi Kat-
Thank you! Wouldn't that be a blast!!

A Cuban In London said...

There is a scene in 'A Thousand Splendid Suns' where the main character's father takes her to visit the Buddhas of Bamiyan. This was pre-Taliban era. I remember reading that passage in Malaysia last year and getting moist eyes. What an act of pure evil that was! To destroy such ancient monuments! How they must have gloated whilst they were setting about their dirty deed!

I feel so jealous that you are going to that exhibit. I think there was a similar here at the British Museum last year, although I could be wrong. Enjoy yourself and please, let us know what wonders you see.

Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

Lyn said...

Greetings to A Cuban..
I agree..the evil is not only in the destruction, but the attempt to destroy the memory of beauty and hope..never!!
Definitely will report back!

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