Afghanistan: Crossroads of the Ancient World

Surviving treasures from the National Museum of Afghanistan

3 March – 17 July 2011

This exhibition is now closed

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 Bank of America Merrill Lynch


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Videos about the exhibition

Afghanistan: glass fish video

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Glass blowing

Glass blowing was invented around 50 BC and revolutionised the production of glass vessels.

Watch Bill Gudenrath, a glass specialist at the Corning Museum of Glass in New Yorm, make a copy of one of the fish-shaped vessels found at Begram, Afghanistan.

This is the first time anyone has tried to replicate it.

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Returning ivories

The Greek legacy

Hidden treasures

Opening ceremony

Installing the crown

Treasures uncovered

Glass blowing