Ethnography Department at the National Museum of Afghanistan
The idea of building up an ethnography museum in Afghanistan was established in 1981. The collection came from the National Museum of Afghanistan, privately by donors and mainly purchased by Ministry of Information and Culture. The practical work has been started at a building close to the Kabul Theater; later in 1985 the collection was housed at the Precedential Palace (Arg) and was exhibited for the public until 1985. The main purpose of this Museum was to create a multi-format from rich society on Afghan people and to present it as lively as possible for the public. The Ethnography staffs worked hard to keep the collection according to the international accepted laws. Unfortunately a dark era came and not only destroyed the country, but also caused the collection to be looted and destroyed.
The year 2001 has brought a new golden era for the National Museum of Afghanistan and has given a chance to Ethnography Museum to come along as a dependent department in the National Museum of Afghanistan. The National Museum of Afghanistan has provided enough space for the valuable items and co-ordinate a team of Afghan and foreigner experts to document register and inventory all the remained collection in bi-lingual data sheets.
In 2005 the Ethnography Department succeeded to lunch the first exhibition titled “Nuristan” meantime the ethnography staff has struggled to complete the process of inventory and picturization. During this process an approximately 4000 number of items was inventoried and printed in three color copies.
The year 2006 marked an important stage in the development of the Ethnographic collection. In that year the museum has received a large number of objects from Switzerland including Ethnographic items almost from all ethnic-groups in Afghanistan. Also in 2008 some objects returned back from London and during past ten years from private donations and government sectors. The items are numbered close to 2000 pieces.
Today the collection contains over 7000 remarkable pieces, includes jewelry, textiles, rugs, carpets, ten bands, embroidered curtains, animal equipment, tools, weapons, musical instrument, vessels and so on. All these items are presenting the rich culture, tradition and custom of ethnic-groups in Afghanistan who are almost sharing inspired work of art.
Another jewel in the collection is the antique Nuristani items including furniture, vessels, weapons, jewelry, house posts, and statues. These items are highly representative of the various functions and principal technical, stylistic and regional characteristic of traditional Nuristani custom.
The ceremony was attended by the Acting Minister of Information and culture Dr.KamalSadat, Deputy Minister of Information and culture Mohammad Rasool Bawari , Deputy Minister of Finance and Administration Zardasht shames, Director of National Museum Muhammad Fahim Rahimi,Ambassador of Agha khan ... more