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Special Exhibition

 

Introduction

Glistening Treasures in the Dust – Ancient Artefacts of Afghanistan

Re-opening on 14/12/2019 until 10/2/2020

Through the display of 231 items/sets of rare artefacts including goldware, glassware, bronze sculptures and ivory carvings, unearthed from the four famous archaeological sites of Tepe Fullol, Aï Khanum, Tillya Tepe (Hill of gold) and Begram, now in the collection of the National Museum of Afghanistan, this exhibition demonstrates the profound influence of foreign ancient cultures such as Greek, Indian and Roman on Afghanistan and its surrounding regions from the Bronze Age to the first century AD, as well as a cultural diversity embracing the features of different Steppe cultures. These artefacts also attest to the role played by ancient Afghanistan as the cultural crossroads of the Silk Road, which subsequently promoted the exchange and integration of world civilisations.


Audio Guide Service
Available in Cantonese, Putonghua and English narratives at a rental of HK$10. Please check out details at the Audio Guide Service Counter on 1/F Lobby.

Public Guided Tours
Each tour lasts about 1 hour for 30 persons on a first come, first served basis.
Public Guided Tour Schedule (PDF)

Educational Pamphlet of "Glistening Treasures in the Dust – Ancient Artefacts of Afghanistan"
Educational Pamphlet (PDF)


For security reason, personal belongings that exceed 40 x 35 x 15 cm in size have to be deposited at the cloakroom.

Decorative disk with Cybele

Temple with niches, Aï Khanum
3rd century BC

"King and Dragons" pendants

Tillya Tepe, Tomb 2
AD 25-50

Pair of clasps with cupids riding dolphins

Tillya Tepe, Tomb 3
AD 25-50

Pair of clasps with warriors

Tillya Tepe, Tomb 3
AD 25-50

Gold belt

Tillya Tepe, Tomb 4
AD 25-50

Standing ram

Tillya Tepe, Tomb 4
AD 25-50

Necklace

Tillya Tepe, Tomb 5
AD 25-50

Crown

Tillya Tepe, Tomb 6
AD 25-50

Statuette of a goddess

Begram, Room 10
1st century AD

Painted glass goblet

Begram, Room 10
1st century AD

Glass fish

Begram, Room 10
1st century AD

Blue glass goblet

Begram, Room 10
1st century AD

Medallion with Ganymede

Begram, Room 13
1st century AD

Spandrel with a leogryph

Begram, Room 13
1st century AD

Statuette of Harpocrates

Begram, Room 13
1st century AD

Plaque with Jataka scene of the Buddha's previous life

Begram, Room 13
1st century AD

6/11/2019 - 10/2/2020

Admission Fee
Standard: HK$10
Group (20 persons or above): HK$7
Concessionary (Full-time students / people with disabilities and one accompanying carer / senior citizens): HK$5
Free admission for Museum Pass holders

Venue
Special Exhibition Gallery, Hong Kong Museum of History

Jointly presented by
Leisure & Cultural Services Department
National Museum of Afghanistan

Organised by
Hong Kong Museum of History

Supported by
The Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the People's Republic of China