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October 29, 2008 > Hidden Golden Treasures from Afghanistan

Hidden Golden Treasures from Afghanistan

Submitted By Bill Quirk

President Mohammed Qayoumi, of Cal. State East Bay will give a behind the scenes presentation on the San Francisco Asian Art Museum exhibit: Hidden Golden Treasures. President Qayoumi will provide historical context for the objects at the exhibit, which show how Afghanistan has been the crossroads of so many cultures.

In 1978, on windswept plains of northern Afghanistan, archaeologists unearthed tombs of ancient nomads that had been sealed for two thousand years and discovered an extraordinary trove: some 22,000 individual pieces of gold buried with the remains of six Bactrian Central Asian nomads. Within months of this discovery at Tillya Tepe, the country descended into war, and the so-called Bactrian Hoard disappeared into legend once more. Twenty-five years later, in 2003, Afghanistan surprised the world by announcing that the priceless artifacts had been located intact in the presidential palace bank vault in Kabul. They had been rescued, along with other masterpieces of the National Museum, Kabul, and protected in the intervening years of turmoil by a group of selfless Afghan heroes who have come to be known as "the key holders."

Strategically located on commercial routes between China and India in the east and Europe in the west, Afghanistan was at the crossroads of civilizations in Central Asia. Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul explores the rich cultural heritage of ancient Afghanistan from the Bronze Age (2500 BCE) through the rise of trade along the Silk Road in the first century CE.

Drawn mainly from three archaeological sites, the exhibition features nearly 230 artworks, including gold objects from the famed Bactrian Hoard, bronze and stone sculptures, ivories, painted glassware, and other ancient Afghan works of art.

At this event you will also be able to enjoy a delicious Afghan meal and be able to shop for Afghan items such as clothing and jewelry. There will be a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; an Afghan dinner will be served then and; President Qayoumi will speak at 7 p.m.

All donations will be used to fund our Afghan Widows Literacy Program, which helps widowed women get skills they need to support their families.

Suggested Donations
$50 Supporter, $35 Senior/Student ($55 for Supporter and $40 Senior/Student at the door.)
$150 Patron (includes membership for 2009 year)
$300 Sponsor/$500 Gold Sponsor/$1,000 Platinum Sponsor
Sponsors and Patrons will be recognized at the event.
The amount of your donation above the $22 cost of the Afghan meal is tax deductible
Space is limited, so please RSVP by November 5, 2008 to:
Bill Quirk (510-581-5498) or BillQuirkForHayward@Comcast.net
Please make your checks payable to Hayward-Ghazni Sister City Committee
Mail your checks to PO Box 57022, Hayward, CA 94540

Hidden Golden Treasures from Afghanistan
Monday, November 10
5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Kabul Afghan Restaurant
24046 Hesperian Blvd., Hayward

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