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Medallion depicting a young man

Find this wall sculpture.

This medallion was discovered by archaeologists when they were digging in the ancient city of Begram in Afghanistan.

It looks like a Roman sculpture so it might have been traded by a Silk Road traveller from the Roman Empire.

Spot the holes in the top of the sculpture. What do you think they were for?

Imagine where this sculpture was placed when it was new.

Draw your idea.

Medallion depicting a young man, Begram, room 13, 1st century CE, plaster, 22.3cm. National Museum of Afghanistan. Credit: Thierry Ollivier

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