Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul

Bus Tour to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC   
$70 per person before August 15; $85 after. Early bird special extended until August 28


Ancient Afghanistan-at the crossroads of major trade routes and the focus of invasions by great powers and nomadic migrations-was home to one of the most complex, rich, and original civilizations on the continent of Asia. This exhibition will celebrate the unique role of Afghanistan as a center for both the reception of diverse cultural elements and the creation of original styles of art-extending from the Bronze Age into the Kushan period. It will also commemorate the heroic rescue of the heritage of one of the world's great civilizations, whose precious treasures were thought to have been destroyed. Among the highlights of the exhibition will be gold vessels from the Khosh Tapa hoard; superb works and architectural elements from Ai Khanoum; extraordinary turquoise-encrusted gold jewelry and ornaments from the tombs at Tillya Tepe; and sculptural masterpieces in ivory, plaster medallions, and Roman glass from Begram.

To register please call the Asian Arts & Culture Program Office at 413-577-2486 or email:

The exhibition was organized by the National Geographic Society and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in association with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. It is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

Join us for this exciting escorted tour.