The Oxus Treasure


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John Curtis


In May 1880 Captain F.C. Burton, a British political officer in Afghanistan, rescued a group of merchants who had been captured by bandits while travelling between Kabul and Peshawar. With them was a rich and impressive collection of gold and silver objects dating back to the fifth and fourth centuries BC. From the banks of the River Oxus, the entire hoard was, in due course, bequeathed to the British Museum. Consisting of around 170 objects, including vessels, a gold scabbard, armlets, coins and much more, the collection is an example of ancient goldsmithery at its very best. With exciting and descriptive insight placing the treasure into historical and cultural context, this book takes a closer look at the individual wonders that make up the Oxus Treasure – one of the British Museum’s most celebrated and cherished collections.

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Weight 151 g
Dimensions 14.7 x 21 cm
Publisher name The British Museum Press
Publication date 19 July 2012
Number of pages 64
Format Paperback / softback
Dimensions 14.7 x 21 cm
Weight 151 g


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