Indeed the Turin exhibit shows art not only from Islamic Afghanistan but also from a more ancient past, bearing witness of a land which has seen the passage of a range of different, culturally rich populations, from Persians, to Mongolians, Greeks and Indians.
ITALY: AFGHAN TREASURES SAVED FROM THE TALIBAN ON DISPLAY IN TURIN
Turin, 24 May (AKI) - (by Ahmad Rafat) - Part of the ancient archaeological treasures of the National Museum of Kabul will be on display at an exhibit opening Friday until 23 September at the Antiquities Museum of the northern Italian city of Turin. An Afghan delegation of lawmakers and archaeologists led by deputy culture minister Saiid Omar Sultan was in Turin to present the show 'Afghan, newfound treasures' curated by Andrea Bruno, a top Afghan art expert, with the help of the head of the Kabul National Museum, Omar Khan Massoudi.
The 220 art pieces on display in Turin - which at the end of September will leave for Bonn and Amserdam before departing to the US and then Japan - hail from four different archaeological areas (Teppe Fullol, Ai Khanoum, Tilia Teppe e Bagram) and date back to a period ranging from 2,000 to 4,000 years ago.