The Afghani art and artifacts on view now at the British Museum showcase not only the rich cultural heritage of Afghanistan but, because these antiquities were nearly lost as a result of war and Taliban rule, it highlights the dangers that artifacts in Egypt and now Libya face.
"Afghanistan: Crossroads Of The Ancient World," which opens March 3rd in London, will display over 200 pieces found in important archaeological excavations and works on loan from the Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul, which is currently undergoing renovations. Most of the objects that make up the exhibition were hidden on purpose beneath the Presidential Palace in order that they might survive years of turmoil.
Among the prized objects in the exhibit is a gold crown from Tillya Tepe, which was carefully dismantled and reassembled in order to travel to the British Museum. Check out a preview of the exhibit below.
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