Collection: 1st-century Afghan

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.