Museum Speaker To Discuss Afghanistan’s Artistic Heritage

July 7, 2009 // Filed under Uncategorized

1st century A.D. gold pendant from Tillya Tepe
photo by Richard Barnes

The touring exhibit, Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul, is currently on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and lecturer Vivian Gordon will discuss the show’s content at Bernardsville Public Library on Wednesday, July 22nd, at 7 p.m. To attend, please register with the library by phone or online.

This treasure trove of art items includes fabulous Bactrian gold pieces, Bronze Age archaeological finds, as well as Grecian-inspired metalwork and sculpture from a Greek city excavated in far northern Afghanistan. The items date from the third century B.C. to the first century A.D. and come from four different sites. The story of how these precious and beautiful art objects were saved from Afghan civil wars and the Taliban will make for a most exciting evening lecture at the library. The show will be on exhibit at The Met through September 20th, 2009.

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