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Afghanistan: Gold Pendant

  • From: Asian Art Museum
  • Limited Edition: 39 Banners
  • Price: $415
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These banners are offered for sale as a pair. The complete image spans two banners which, hung side-by-side, create an amazing diptych which covers a 6’ by 6’ space. Just place one (1) banner in your shopping cart, and you will receive two so you may display the banners as originally designed.

In 1978, archaeologists in Afghanistan unearthed tombs of ancient nomads and discovered some 22,000 pieces of gold. The country descended into war a few months later and the amazing gold findings disappeared. Decades later, Afghanistan announced that the priceless artifacts were intact and had been rescued and protected over the years by a group of selfless Afghan heroes intent on protecting their nation’s rich, artistic heritage. These artifacts from the Bronze Age through the first century AD were brought together for the exhibition Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul .

Because of Afghanistan’s strategic location on the commercial routes between China, India, and Europe, Afghan art drew upon many influences. This banner features a pair of pendants depicting the “Dragon Master”. It comes from the tomb excavation of Tillya Tepe in northern Afghanistan. Dating from around the 1st century BC – 1st century AD, it is a treasure of gold, turquoise, garnet, lapis lazuli, carnelian, and pearls. Shown against a simple, black, background the mastery of the craftsman is evident in the details of the figure and the two stylized dragons which flank it. The influence of Chinese, Indian, Siberian, Persian, Greek and Roman art speak to Afghanistan’s important location along the Silk Road. The banner was designed to span a street-lamp post, and blue lettering across the top fits together to read “Afgha/nistan” and the dates “Oct 24/- Jan 25”. White text at the bottom spans both sides reading “Asian Art/Museum”.
These banners were displayed around San Francisco from October 24, 2008 to January 25, 2009 to promote the exhibition Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul at the Asian Art Museum. The exhibition was also seen at the National Gallery of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Artists in Afghanistan in the early first century were influenced by the cultures and artistic styles of people from many lands who passed through along the Silk Road. The impact of Asian styles is strong, but it is the unexpected influence of Greco-Roman art that is perhaps most surprising and striking in Afghan art of the time. Artists, artisans, and craftsmen created works in all media, and many used precious jewels, valuable stones, and gold showing the wealth of the period.

Exhibition: Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul
Material: Printed vinyl
Dimensions: 35" x 72" (88.9cm x 182.9cm)


Summary
The amazing artistry of ancient Afghanistan combines the influences of the arts of Asia, the Middle East, and ancient Greece and Rome. As a country at a crossroads, Afghanistan served as a point of passage along the Silk Road. The wealth this generated combined with the influx of artistic styles led to a vast array of art: sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, decorative arts, painting and more. Hidden away during years of strife in Afghanistan, a stash of treasures from the National Museum in Kabul remained protected and went on display last year. 39 banners from the Asian Art Museum feature a 1st century gold pendant of a Dragon Master.

Hanging your banner
Hanging your banner is easy – just put a few screws in the wall or ceiling and PRESTO, you’re ready to display your beautiful banner. To make it even easier, each BetterWall banner comes with a free hanging system that gives the impression that your banner is floating just an inch off the wall.

Caring for your banner
Your banner is a unique and durable piece of art. Having been displayed outside, it has weathered the elements and remained beautiful—so it can obviously take a lot of wear and tear! Slight scuffs, small smudges, or minor creases are not noticeable when the banner is hung, and are a part of the banner’s authentic appeal.

Storing your banner
When not on display, your banner can be rolled and stored in the tube provided. Always roll your banner from the bottom and place it in a cool place.

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