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Luxury From the Silk Road
Photograph by Kenneth Garrett

Carved from ivory, mythical creatures of India adorned an elaborate chair in about the late first century A.D. This masterpiece belonged to a cache of luxury goods—including Roman glassware and Chinese lacquered boxes—that was discovered in the 1930s near the modern town of Begram. The National Museum in Kabul displayed the ivory for years, but it disappeared in the late 1970s as civil war rocked the country. This and similar objects were feared to have been smuggled out of the country and sold, but were recently found—hidden in the same vault as the Bactrian gold.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Nikon F5
Film Type: Fujichrome Provia 100
Lens: Nikkor 60mm macro
Speed and F-Stop: 1/8 @ f/4
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Midday
Lighting Techniques: Tungsten lights


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