Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul

Tokyo National Museum

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Since ancient times, Afghanistan has thrived as a “crossroads of civilizations” in Central Asia, developing a distinctive culture at the center of the Silk Road. This exhibition comprised of 231 ancient artworks from the National Museum of Afghanistan illustrates some of the most magnificent cultures that flourished from around 2100 BC–200 AD, presenting “hidden treasures” excavated at four ancient sites in Afghanistan. For this occasion an official arrangement between the exhibition organizers and the Afghanistan government was made to include a selection of the Displaced Cultural Properties of Afghanistan.

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from April 12, 2016 to June 19, 2016
Exhibition Hours: 9:30–17:00 Tuesdays–Thursdays; 9:30–20:00 on Fridays; 9:30–18:00 on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays; Closed on Mondays, except for 2 May (9:30–18:00).



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