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Type of object:
Weaponry

Accession number: 2006.1291 Inventory number: Misc. 102

Object: Powder horn

Material/technique: Leather, metal / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Hollow gourd-shaped powder horn, stitched along its length. Entire surface tooled with geometric and floral designs. Brass cap attached by metal chain to metal loop in leather flange protruding from neck of horn.

Measurements: L. 38 cm Dia. 12 cm Weight 270 g

Condition: Worn, brown patina

Provenance: Boutique International, Basel, 1985 bought from Mr. Omar, Kabul.

Donated by: Martin and Annelies Häner-Frey, Bubendorf, Switzerland, 2006

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Type of object:
Weaponry

Accession number: 2006.1292 Inventory number: Misc. 103

Object: Powder horn

Material/technique: Cow horn, wood, metal / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Hollow cow horn, square wooden peg at narrow end, attached to flat stopper by brass chain.

Measurements: L. 24 cm Dia. 6 cm Weight 203 g

Condition: Worn

Provenance: Boutique International, Basel, 1985 bought from Mr. Omar, Kabul.

Donated by: Martin and Annelies Häner-Frey, Bubendorf, Switzerland, 2006

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Type of object:
Vessel

Accession number: 2006.1293 Inventory number: Misc. 104

Object: Strainer

Material/technique: Metal / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Round brass strainer, perforations in center, incised floral and geometric decoration around interior surface and rim.

Measurements: Dia. 34 cm H. 7 cm Weight 720 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Bought in Kabul in the 1950s by the mother of Mrs. Gädke-Timm.

Donated by: Mrs. Jutta Gädke-Timm, Arlesheim, Switzerland, 2006

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Type of object:
Household accessory

Accession number: 2006.1294 Inventory number: Misc. 105

Object: Fly whisk

Material/technique: Yak tail, wood / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Black yak-tail whisk with wooden handle decorated with two narrow bands of green cord, with leather loop at the end.

Measurements: L. 45 cm (handle) Weight 240 g

Condition: As new

Provenance: Bought in Kabul in the 1950s by the mother of Mrs. Gädke-Timm.

Donated by: Mrs. Jutta Gädke-Timm, Arlesheim, Switzerland, 2006

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Type of object:
Household accessory

Accession number: 2006.1295 Inventory number: Misc. 106

Object: Whisk

Material/technique: Grass bristles, glass, leather, wood / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Whisk with long dried grass bristles, round wooden handle covered in small white, black, red and blue glass beads, leather loop at the end.

Measurements: L. 33 cm Weight 23 g

Condition: Good, as new

References: Collection Emil Rybitschka ER 385 shows such a fly whisk in use

Provenance: Bought in Kabul in the 1950s by the mother of Mrs. Gädke-Timm

Donated by: Mrs. Jutta Gädke-Timm, Arlesheim, Switzerland, 2006

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Type of object:
Headgear

Accession number: 2006.1296 Inventory number: Misc. 107

Object: Cap (kola)

Material/technique: Fur / handmade

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Man’s grey karakul cap, peaked front.

Measurements: L. 28 cm (folded) H. 14 cm Weight 121 g

Condition: Worn

Provenance: Bought in Kabul in the 1950s by the mother of Mrs. Gädke-Timm.

Donated by: Mrs. Jutta Gädke-Timm, Arlesheim, Switzerland, 2006

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Type of object:
Headgear

Accession number: 2006.1297 Inventory number: Misc. 108

Object: Cap (kola)

Material/technique: Fur / handmade

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Man’s beige karakul cap.

Measurements: L. 29 cm (folded) W. 17 cm Weight 141 g

Condition: Worn

Provenance: Bought in Kabul in the 1950s by the mother of Mrs. Gädke-Timm.

Donated by: Mrs. Jutta Gädke-Timm, Arlesheim, Switzerland, 2006

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Type of object:
Headgear

Accession number: 2006.1298 Inventory number: Misc. 109

Object: Cap

Material/technique: Cotton, metallic thread / machine-embroidered

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Man’s flat-topped white cotton cap, embroidered in gold metallic thread, large floral designs over top and sides.

Measurements: Dia. 16 cm H. 8 cm Weight 83 g

Condition: Good, as new

Provenance: Bought in Kabul in the 1950s by the mother of Mrs. Gädke-Timm.

Donated by: Mrs. Jutta Gädke-Timm, Arlesheim, Switzerland, 2006

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Type of object:
Tool

Accession number: 2006.1299 Inventory number: Misc. 110

Object: Comb

Material/technique: Iron, wood / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Metal comb with short, round, curved handle, teeth fitted into and held by metal bands.

Measurements: L. 24 cm W. 7.5 cm H. 8 cm Weight 450 g

Condition: Worn

Provenance: ?

Donated by: Mrs. Ursula Klötzli, Berne, Switzerland, 2006

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Type of object:
Tool

Accession number: 2006.1300 Inventory number: Misc. 111

Object: Knife

Material/technique: Iron, wood / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Metal knife with short, round, wooden handle, flat curved blade ending in tightly curled point.

Measurements: L. 17.5 cm W. 9 cm Weight 157 g

Condition: Some corrosion

Provenance: ?

Donated by: Mrs. Ursula Klötzli, Berne, Switzerland, 2006

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Type of object:
Tool

Accession number: 2006.1301 Inventory number: Misc. 112

Object: Scissors

Material/technique: Iron / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Large scissors, both blades the same, small and large finger loops.

Measurements: L. 28.5 cm W. 9 cm H. 3.5 cm Weight 305 g

Condition: Some corrosion

Provenance: ?

Donated by: Mrs. Ursula Klötzli, Berne, Switzerland, 2006

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Type of object:
Tool

Accession number: 2006.1302 Inventory number: Misc. 113

Object: Scissors

Material/technique: Iron / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Iron scissors, short pointed blades, long flat handles curved at right angles, round and oval finger loops.

Measurements: L. 20 cm Weight 105 g

Condition: Some corrosion

Provenance: ?

Donated by: Mrs. Ursula Klötzli, Berne, Switzerland, 2006

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Type of object:
Clothing

Accession number: 2006.1303 Inventory number: Misc. 114

Object: Dress

Material/technique: Silk, cotton, mirrors, glass, silver alloy / handmade

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Black koochi dress, wide flared skirt, long wide sleeves decorated with buttons, small mirrors, glass beads, flat silver medallions and multi-colored embroidery, neck and bodice decorated with glass beads and metal medallions.

Measurements: L. 93 cm W. 180 cm Weight 1770 g

Condition: Worn

Provenance: ?

Donated by: Mrs. Käthi Hoppler-Dinkel, Ostermundigen, Switzerland, 2006

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Type of object:
Camel trapping

Accession number: 2006.1304 Inventory number: Misc. 115

Object: Saddle

Material/technique: Wood, iron, brass / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Camel saddle, wooden frame of three curved panels decorated in brass, secured by iron fittings.

Measurements: L. 135 cm W. 47 cm H. 39 cm Weight 8400 g

Condition: Good, some corrosion

Provenance: Bought in Kabul by Prof. and Mrs. Olaf Anders, 1970-1974.

Donated by: Prof. and Mrs. Olaf Anders, Freiburg, Germany, 2006

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Type of object:
Musical instrument

Accession number: 2006.1305 Inventory number: Misc. 116

Object: Lute (rebab)

Material/technique: Wood, nacre, bone, hide, metal, nylon / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Large lute, wooden body decorated with nacre inlay, profusely inlaid on the fingerboard and neck, resonance chamber covered in goatskin. Carved open-work peg head, tuning pegs on right side of fingerboard. Three plucked and fretted strings, three drone and 12 sympathetic.

Measurements: L. 80 cm W. 14 cm H. 21 cm Weight 1330 g

Condition: Intact, worn

Provenance: Bought in Kabul by Prof. and Mrs. Olaf Anders, 1970-1974.

Donated by: Prof. and Mrs. Olaf Anders, Freiburg, Germany, October 2006

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Type of object:
Vessel

Accession number: 2006.1306 Inventory number: Misc. 117

Object: Dish

Material/technique: Ceramic / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Glazed ceramic dish, decorated with blue, white and green floral and lozenge motifs on brown background.

Measurements: Dia. 29 cm H. 6 cm Weight 1190 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Bought in Kabul by Prof. and Mrs. Olaf Anders, 1970-1974.

Donated by: Prof. and Mrs. Olaf Anders, Freiburg, Germany, 2006

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Type of object:
Vessel

Accession number: 2006.1307 Inventory number: Misc. 118

Object: Bowl

Material/technique: Ceramic / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Glazed ceramic dish, center checkerboard design with small floral motifs, outer rim with various floral designs in white, green and blue on brown background.

Measurements: Dia. 24 cm H. 10 cm Weight 1020 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Bought in Kabul by Prof. and Mrs. Olaf Anders, 1970-1974.

Donated by: Prof. and Mrs. Olaf Anders, Freiburg, Germany, 2006

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Type of object:
Vessel

Accession number: 2006.1308 Inventory number: Misc. 119

Object: Bowl

Material/technique: Ceramic / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Glazed ceramic bowl, with various abstract designs in blue, white and green on brown background.

Measurements: Dia. 23.5 cm H. 9.5 cm Weight 950 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Bought in Kabul by Prof. and Mrs. Olaf Anders, 1970-1974.

Donated by: Prof. and Mrs. Olaf Anders, Freiburg, Germany, 2006

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Type of object:
Vessel

Accession number: 2006.1309 Inventory number: Misc. 120

Object: Bowl

Material/technique: Ceramic / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Glazed ceramic bowl, decorated with floral and leaf motifs in blue, white and green on brown background.

Measurements: Dia. 24.5 cm H. 8.5 cm Weight 820 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Bought in Kabul by Prof. and Mrs. Olaf Anders, 1970-1974.

Donated by: Prof. and Mrs. Olaf Anders, Freiburg, Germany, 2006

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Type of object:
Vessel

Accession number: 2006.1310 Inventory number: Misc. 121

Object: Bowl

Material/technique: Ceramic / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Small glazed ceramic bowl, decorated with flowing patterns in white, blue and green on brown background.

Measurements: Dia. 14 cm H. 8 cm Weight 280 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Bought in Kabul by Prof. and Mrs. Olaf Anders, 1970-1974.

Donated by: Prof. and Mrs. Olaf Anders, Freiburg, Germany, 2006

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Type of object:
Clothing

Accession number: 2006.1311 Inventory number: Misc. 122

Object: Outer covering (chador)

Material/technique: Artificial silk / hand-made

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Green outer covering, embroidered cap and front panel, over long finely pleated body.

Measurements: L. 157 cm Weight 385 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: ?

Donated by: Mrs. Ruth Germann, Pfäffikon, Switzerland, 2006

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Type of object:
Clothing

Accession number: 2006.1312 Inventory number: Misc. 123

Object: Blouse

Material/technique: Silk, cotton / hand-embroidered

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Woman’s white cotton blouse, with finely embroidered front panel in white silk. Made for export.

Measurements: L. 51 cm W. 140 cm Weight 200 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: ?

Donated by: Mrs. Ruth Germann, Pfäffikon, Switzerland, 2006

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Type of object:
Clothing

Accession number: 2006.1313 Inventory number: Misc. 124

Object: Dress

Material/technique: Silk, cotton, mirrors, glass / hand-embroidered

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Woman’s red cotton dress, square neck, bodice inset with vertical bands of mirrors and embroidery in orange, white and black, long wide sleeves.

Measurements: L. 117 cm W. 144 cm Weight 650 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: ?

Donated by: Mrs. Ruth Germann, Pfäffikon, Switzerland, 2006

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Type of object:
Receptacle

Accession number: 2006.1314 Inventory number: Misc. 125

Object: Presentation tray

Material/technique: Papier-mâché, nacre, metal / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 19th C.

Brief description: Round presentation tray, with overall decoration of fine floral and leaf designs, metal stud in center. For use when presenting official letters to the Amir.

Measurements: Dia. 44 cm H. 8 cm Weight 1055 g

Condition: Worn

Provenance: Bought in Kabul by Mr. Hansjörg Kuster, 1994-1997.

Donated by: Mr. Hansjörg Kuster, Diepoldsau, Switzerland

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Type of object:
Jewelry

Accession number: 2006.1315 Inventory number: Misc. 126

Object: Necklace

Material/technique: Silver alloy, wool, glass / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C

Brief description: Pashtun necklace, with silver pendants hanging from black wool neckband, three center pendants with red and green glass insets.

Measurements: L. 37 cm (band) H. 9 cm Weight 192 g

Condition: Good, worn

Provenance: Afghanistan.

Donated by: Mrs. Edeltraud Hollatz, Frankfurt, Germany

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Type of object:
Jewelry

Accession number: 2006.1316 Inventory number: Misc. 127

Object: Necklace

Material/technique: Silver alloy, cotton / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Pashtun koochi necklace, with silver fish-shaped pendants ending in flat embossed medallions and 10-pul coins, hanging from black cotton neckband.

Measurements: L. 42 cm (band) H. 8 cm Weight 139 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Afghanistan

Donated by: Mrs. Edeltraud Hollatz, Frankfurt, Germany

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Type of object:
Jewelry

Accession number: 2006.1317 Inventory number: Misc. 128

Object: Pendant

Material/technique: Silver alloy, stone / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Yamud Turkoman pendant, triangular silver plaque with oval cabochon carnelian in center, suspended from lower edge two round domed pendants with three clusters of chains ending in hollow shell-shaped appliques.

Measurements: L. 16 cm W. 12 cm Weight 60 g

Condition: Worn

Provenance: Afghanistan

Donated by: Mrs. Edeltraud Hollatz, Frankfurt, Germany

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Type of object:
Jewelry

Accession number: 2006.1318 Inventory number: Misc. 129

Object: Pendant

Material/technique: Silver alloy, stone / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Turkoman pendant, diamond-shape plaque decorated with wire mesh around edges, oval cabochon carnelian in center, three small round carnelians at upper sides. From lower sides six chains ending in hollow oval appliques with arrow-shaped points.

Measurements: L. 14 cm W. 5.5 cm Weight 47 g

Condition: Worn

Provenance: Afghanistan

Donated by: Mrs. Edeltraud Hollatz, Frankfurt, Germany

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Type of object:
Jewelry

Accession number: 2006.1319 Inventory number: Misc. 130

Object: Pendant

Material/technique: Silver alloy, stone / hand-crafted

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Tekke Turkoman pendant, small triangular plaque, wire mesh decoration around edges, open zigzag decoration at upper sides, from lower edge three chains holding ornate openwork plaque with oval cabochon carnelian in center and seven short chains terminating in hollow leaf-shaped appliques.

Measurements: L. 30 cm W. 6 cm Weight 52 g

Condition: Worn

Provenance: Afghanistan

Donated by: Mrs. Edeltraud Hollatz, Frankfurt, Germany

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Type of object:
Embroidery

Accession number: 2006.1320 Inventory number: Misc. 131

Object: Pillow case

Material/technique: Cotton, wool, silk / hand-embroidered

Origin/Period: Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description: Rectangular pillow case, overall embroidery in pink silk on black background fabric, two square diamonds with horn and floral motifs. Wool tassels at each corner, tiny cotton buttons along top opening. From Kohistan.

Measurements: L. 65 cm W. 33 cm (excl. tassels) Weight 185 g

Condition: Excellent

Provenance: Bought in a Swiss Boutique in the 1970s.

Donated by: Mrs. S. Steinmann-Rudolf, Liestal, Switzerland

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Type of object:
Stone

Accession number: 2006.1321 Inventory number: Misc. 132

Object: Mineral

Material/technique: Schist / natural

Origin/Period: Sar-e Sang, Badakhshan, northern Afghanistan

Brief description: White schist, mainly talcum and disthene (kyanite), one side polished. Developed under extremely high pressure at base of Hindu Kush range.

Measurements: L. 13 cm W. 3 cm H. 4 cm Weight 305 g

Condition: Good, cut and one side polished

Provenance: Collected by Dr. Kulke and Mr. Bucherer near Sar-e Sang, summer of 1971.

Donated by: Professor Dr. Holger Kulke, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany, 2000

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Type of object:
Stone

Accession number: 2006.1322 Inventory number: Misc. 133

Object: Mineral

Material/technique: Disthene/kyanite in quartz / natural

Origin/Period: Near Butkhak, east of Kabul

Brief description: Blue disthene crystals in quartz bedrock.

Measurements: L. 13 cm W. 7 cm H. 7 cm Weight 800 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Collected by Dr. Kulke near Butkhak, summer of 1974.

Donated by: Professor Dr. Holger Kulke, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany, 2000

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Type of object:
Stone

Accession number: 2006.1323 Inventory number: Misc. 134

Object: Salt

Material/technique: Rock salt / natural

Origin/Period: Taqcha Khana and Taloqan, north-eastern Afghanistan

Brief description: Three specimens of rock salt from deposits near Taloqan:

left: K 2: white, rather pure salt, two sides cut and polished

middle: K 3: reddish, polluted by clay, two sides cut

right: Nb 1: grey-green, one side cut

Measurements: Left: L. 6 cm W. 5 cm H. 3 cm Weight 140 g

Middle: L. 6 cm W. 3.5 cm H. 3.5 cm Weight 90 g

Right: L. 5 cm W. 5 cm H. 3.5 cm Weight 85 g

Condition: Good

References: Holger Kulke (2004): Salz in Afghanistan: Bedeutung, Geologie und traditioneller Felssalz-Abbau, in: Th. Stöllner (Ed.): Persiens antike Pracht, Vol. 2, p. 526-531

Provenance: Collected by Dr. Kulke near Taloqan, summer of 1974.

Donated by: Professor Dr. Holger Kulke, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany, 2000

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Type of object:
Stone

Accession number: 2006.1324 Inventory number: Misc. 135

Object: Mineral

Material/technique: Pegmatite / natural

Origin/Period: Region of Kantiwo, Nuristan, eastern Afghanistan

Brief description: Pegmatite crystals on diorite bedrock. Two sides cut, one side polished.

Measurements: L. 10 cm W. 5.5 cm H. 4 cm Weight 365 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Collected by Dr. Kulke in Nuristan, summer of 1974.

Donated by: Professor Dr. Holger Kulke, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany, 2000

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Type of object:
Stone

Accession number: 2006.1325 Inventory number: Misc. 136

Object: Mineral

Material/technique: Quartz / natural

Origin/Period: Central Afghanistan

Brief description: Specimen of rather pure translucent milky quartz.

Measurements: L. 11 cm W. 6.5 cm H. 4.5 cm Weight 465 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Collected by Dr. Kulke, summer of 1974.

Donated by: Professor Dr. Holger Kulke, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany, 2000

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Type of object:
Stone

Accession number: 2006.1326 Inventory number: Misc. 137

Object: Mineral

Material/technique: Chromite / natural

Origin/Period: Tang-e Waghjan, Logar valley, 50 km south of Kabul, Afghanistan

Brief description: Specimen of very heavy, dark ore, one side naturally polished “Harnisch”.

Measurements: L. 9 cm W. 8 cm H. 4 cm Weight 625 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Collected by Dr. Kulke, summer of 1974.

Donated by: Professor Dr. Holger Kulke, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany, 2000

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Type of object:
Stone

Accession number: 2006.1327 Inventory number: Misc. 138

Object: Mineral

Material/technique: Iron-magnesium / natural

Origin/Period: Butkhak, east of Kabul, Afghanistan

Brief description: Specimen of iron-magnesium (almadine-garnet) with unusually large and well-formed crystals.

Measurements: L. 9 cm W. 9 cm H. 9 cm Weight 1095 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Collected by Dr. Kulke near Butkhak, east of Kabul, summer of 1974.

Donated by: Professor Dr. Holger Kulke, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany, 2000

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Type of object:
Stone

Accession number: 2006.1328 Inventory number: Misc. 139

Object: Mineral

Material/technique: Tourmaline / natural

Origin/Period: High mountains of Nuristan, eastern Afghanistan

Brief description: Black tourmaline (“Schörl”) with well-formed crystalline surface.

Measurements: L. 2.5 cm W. 2 cm H. 1.5 cm Weight 19 g

Condition: Good

References: Bowersox; Chamberlin (1995): Gemstones of Afghanistan, p. 141-166

Provenance: Collected by Dr. Kulke, summer of 1974

Donated by: Professor Dr. Holger Kulke, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany, 2000

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Type of object:
Stone

Accession number: 2006.1329 Inventory number: Misc. 140

Object: Mineral

Material/technique: Beryl/aquamarine / natural

Origin/Period: High mountains of Nuristan, eastern Afghanistan

Brief description: Specimen of well-formed crystalline beryl/aquamarine with partly corroded surface and many inclusions and rifts.

Measurements: L. 7 cm W. 3 cm H. 2 cm Weight 77 g

Condition: Good

References: Bowersox; Chamberlin (1995): Gemstones of Afghanistan, p. 141-166

Provenance: Collected by Dr. Kulke, summer of 1974.

Donated by: Professor Dr. Holger Kulke, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany, 2000

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Type of object:
Stone

Accession number: 2006.1330 Inventory number: Misc. 141

Object: Mineral

Material/technique: Spodumene / natural

Origin/Period: High mountains of Nuristan, eastern Afghanistan

Brief description: Four specimens: kunzite (rose) and hiodenite (pale green), an important lithium ore of almost gem quality.

Measurements: L. 4.5 cm W. 2 cm H. 2 cm Weight 52 g (polished)

L. 3.5 cm W. 2 cm H. 1.5 cm Weight 21 g (corroded)

L. 5 cm W. 2 cm H. 1 cm Weight 26 g

L. 2.5 cm W. 1.5 cm H. 1 cm Weight 6 g

Condition: Good

References: Bowersox; Chamberlin (1995): Gemstones of Afghanistan, p. 141-166

Provenance: Collected by Dr. Kulke, summer of 1974.

Donated by: Professor Dr. Holger Kulke, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany, 2000

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Type of object:
Stone

Accession number: 2006.1331 Inventory number: Misc. 142

Object: Mineral

Material/technique: Serpentine / natural

Origin/Period: Tang-e Gharu, east of Kabul, Afghanistan

Brief description: Specimen of partly translucent serpentine (sang-e Shah Maqsud), traditionally used for tasbehs prayer beads of high quality. The stone is easy to cut and polish.

Measurements: L. 13 cm W. 7 cm H. 4 cm Weight 400 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Collected by Dr. Kulke, summer of 1974.

Donated by: Professor Dr. Holger Kulke, Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Germany, 2000

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Type of object:
Stone

Accession number: 2006.1332 Inventory number: Misc. 143

Object: Mineral

Material/technique: Emerald / natural

Origin/Period: Panjshir Valley, Afghanistan

Brief description: Two specimens of emeralds (zamarud) in quartz bedrock; one well formed clear crystal, the other opaque of almost amorphous form.

Measurements: Left: L. 7 cm W. 5 cm H. 5 cm Weight 260 g

Right: L. 10 cm W. 8 cm H. 3.5 cm Weight 255 g

Condition: Good

References: Bowersox; Chamberlin (1995): Gemstones of Afghanistan, p. 121-140

Provenance: Panjshir valley, near Khenj and Dasht-e Rewat

Donated by: Mr. Haji Khabir, Dubai

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Type of object:
Stone

Accession number: 2006.1333 Inventory number: Misc. 144

Object: Mineral

Material/technique: Ruby / natural

Origin/Period: Area between Jegdalek and Gandamak, south-east of Kabul

Brief description: Two specimens of ruby (yakut) of excellent color in bedrock.

Measurements: Left: L. 9 cm W. 6 cm H. 6 cm Weight 420 g

Right: L. 6 cm W. 6 cm H. 6 cm Weight 210 g

Condition: Good

References: Bowersox; Chamberlin (1995): Gemstones of Afghanistan, p. 97-119

Provenance: Precise provenance unknown

Donated by: Mr. Haji Khabir, Dubai

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Type of object:
Stone

Accession number: 2006.1334 Inventory number: Misc. 145

Object: Mineral

Material/technique: Fluorite / natural

Origin/Period: Area of Ghazni, Afghanistan

Brief description: Two specimens of green fluorite with good transparency and partly crystalline surface.

Measurements: Left: L. 6 cm W. 5 cm H. 3 cm Weight 158 g

Right: L. 6 cm W. 4 cm H. 2 cm Weight 100 g

Condition: Good

Provenance: Precise provenance unknown

Donated by: Mr. Haji Kabir, Dubai

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Type of object:
Stone

Accession number: 2006.1335 Inventory number: Misc. 146

Object: Mineral

Material/technique: Lapis lazuli / natural

Origin/Period: Sar-e Sang, Badakhshan, north-eastern Afghanistan

Brief description: Crystal of lapis lazuli in marble bedrock.

Measurements: L. 5 cm W. 3.5 cm H. 4 cm Weight 87 g

Condition: Good

References: Bowersox; Chamberlin (1995): Gemstones of Afghanistan, p. 37-63

Provenance: Bought at the Hotel Intercontinental, Kabul

Donated by: Zemaray Hakimi, Bubendorf, Switzerland

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Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2006

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