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Decorative plaque
NMA Object 7
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This ivory plaque is from the site of Begram, representing two women under a thorana. It features Indian artistic influences and shows Begram not only as a royal residence but also as one of the main repositories of rare and prestigious goods travelling along the Silk Route in ancient times. The plaque was probably a decorative element of a wooden Chair.

History of the Object
Two women are shown under a gateway topped by three architraves. Their hair is arranged in loops and buns. Above, curtains are suspended from a semi-circular arch. Between the architraves are two kinnaris (bird-women) and a series of fantastic creatures separated by small pillars. The uprights of the gateway are joined with lower architrave by two leogryph brackets.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Ivory 
Measurements
Height; 42.7 cm, Width; 24.6 cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Parwan 
Geography
Afghanistan 
Time period
AD 1st century ~ AD 1st century 
Creation date
1st century CE, Kushan period 
Function
 
Acquisition
Excavated from Bigram site in the province of Parwan by AIA(Afghanistan Institute of Archaeology) and DAFA 
Copyright
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Acknowledgements
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Owner
National Museum of Afghanistan  
Museum
National Museum of Afghanistan 
Credit line
National Museum of Afghanistan  

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