Art and Research

Art and Research

Central Asian Antiques


Central Asian Antiques Collection

Being a crucial central part of Asia, frequent movements of people from different regions, faith and culture resulted in the emergence of composite cultural tradition. Hence, we could see elements of Hellenistic, Sassanian, Uigurian, Chinese, Tibetan, and Indian in the Central Asian Art. The  collection of Central Asian Antiquities with more than twelve thousand artefacts are from Xinjiang region of Chinese Turkistan which was discovered by Sir Aural Stein during his three expeditions in 1900-1901, 1906-1908, and 1913-1916 C.E. Many artefacts excavated and discovered from the oasis along the ancient trade route popularly known as Southern and Northern Silk Roads have been exhibited in the Gallery of National Museum called “Central Asian Art”. These antiquities are ranging roughly from 3rd to the 12th century.


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