Kabul Museum
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The images below were taken between 1968-71 in the Kabul Museum. They were shot with a half-frame 35mm camera. ID information is taken from Art in Afghanistan: Objects from the Kabul Museum by Frances Mortimer Rice and Benjamin Rowland (Coral Gables, University of Miami Press, 1971). Click on an image for a larger view.

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Glazed pottery of Hellenistic technique and Indian design from Begram.

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Same, view from front.

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wall painting of Bodhisattva Maitreya from Fondukistan

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Naga king of clay with traces of polychromy from Fondukistan.

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Mother of Jyotishka in clay from Frondukistan.

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Painted clay Bodhisattva from Fondukistan.

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Detail, upper.

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Detail, middle.

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Ivory panel from Begram.

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Detail, figures.

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Detail, left side

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Ivory panel from Begram. Detail.

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Ivory panel from Begram. Detail.

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Ivory panel from Begram. Detail.

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Ivory yakshi or river goddess from Begram.

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Harpocrates in bronze from Begram.

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Bronze from Begram.

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Side view.

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Nuristan sculpture.

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Nuristan sculpture.

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Nuristan sculpture.

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Nuristan sculpture.

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Nuristan sculpture.

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Nuristan sculpture.

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Nuristan sculpture.

Some links relating to the Kabul Museum:

An Endangered Heritage (Archaeology Magazine)

The Lost Treasures By Mir Hekmatullah Sadat

Enemies of the Afghan Heritage (Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan)

Afghan News Channel (lots of photos)

Looting and Destruction in the Kabul Museum, Far Eastern Economic Review, 1995.

Kabul Museum by the Qazi Brothers

Kabul Museum by Afghanistan Online


Some Printed Titles on the Kabul Museum


Gullini, Giorgio., et al. L'Afghanistan Dalla Preistoria All'Islam Capolavori del Museo Di Kabul. Torino: Galleria civica d'arte moderna, 1961.

Muzah-'i Kabul. A Guide to the Kabul Museum. Kabul. 1968.

Rice, Frances Mortimer., Benjamin Rowland, and Muzah-i Kabul. Art in Afghanistan: Objects from the Kabul Museum. London: Allen Lane, the Penguin P., 1971.

Rowland, Benjamin, et al. Ancient Art from Afghanistan Treasures of the Kabul Museum. [New York]: Asia Society; distributed by H. N. Abrams, 1966.

Sarianidi, V. I., Institut arkheologii (Akademiia nauk SSSR), and Muzah- i Kabul. The Golden Hoard of Bactria from the Tillya-Tepe Excavations in Northern Afghanistan. New York Leningrad: H.N. Abrams Aurora Art Publishers, 1985.




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