Afghanistan: Sculpture from Aï Khanoum

A selection of Hellenistic sculptures from Aï Khanoum currently in the Afghanistan: Rediscovered Treasures exhibition currently at the Guimet in Paris. A description of the site can be found in An Historical Guide to Afghanistan by Nancy Hatch Dupree - it was written in 1970 when far more of the city survived. UTexas has plans and more photos. Osmund Bopearachchi wrote a feature article about the destruction of archaeological sites in Afghanistan: Vandalised Afghanistan.

Two Masks
Aï Khanoum,
from the Oxus Fountain
3rd century BC
21 x 40 x 19 cm
Musée National d’Afghanistan - MK 05.42.17

Herm with a Bust
Aï Khanoum,
from the Gymnasium
2nd century BC
77 cm
Musée National d’Afghanistan - MK 05.42.14
The sculpture probably represented a philosopher - full image.

Female Face
Aï Khanoum,
from the southern buildings in the administrative quarter
2nd century BC
20 x 15 cm
Musée National d’Afghanistan - MK 05.42.74

All photos © Thierry Ollivier / musée Guimet

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