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Herat Through Time

The Collections of the Herat Museum and Archive


This book is the outcome of a project conducted between 2008 and 2012 in the Herat Museum in the frame of the German-Afghan Archaeological Research Missions, under the auspices of the Eurasia Department of the German Archaeological Institute and, later on, the Museum für Islamische Kunst, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin. With the financial support of the German Federal Foreign Office, the museum collection was documented and restored, and a fullfledged museum set up with 450 objects on display, illustrating 4500 years of history. The richly illustrated catalogue provides detailed descriptions of the objects, essays contributed by various scholars explore them in a broader context. It thus avails the material culture from an important yet inaccessible region to a wider audience.