Protecting the hidden treasures
Hear from Zahir Youssofzay, former director general of the Afghan Institute of Archaeology
Archaeologist Dr Zahir Youssofzay, former director general of the Afghan Institute of Archaeology and a specialist in Buddhist artefacts, worked closely with the National Museum of Kabul and its collection in the 1980s. In 1988 he was one of the famed ‘keyholders’ who, in secret, hid the museum’s treasures in a vault below the Presidential Palace in Kabul and protected this secret through years of civil war and Taliban rule.
Hear more of this incredible story when Dr Youssofzay speaks with Gallery public programs coordinator Dr Andrew Yip within the exhibition.
Image: Leogryph bracket (detail), Begram, 1st century AD. National Museum of Afghanistan. Photo: Thierry Ollivier