I JUST RECEIVED AN INVITATION
to the exhibition:
"AFGHANISTAN, HIDDEN TREASURES
THE NATIONAL MUSEUM, KABUL."
AT: THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM of ART,
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!
from the invitation :
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.
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.