| 1st exhibition: Saturday, July 20 through Sunday, August 18, 2002
2nd exhibition: Sunday, September 1 through Sunday, December 15, 2002
| After Alexander the Greats conquest
of the Oxus River Valley, a Greek colony that would become the independent
Kingdom of Bactria in the middle of the 3rd century B.C. was established.
In old Greek and Roman records, Bactria is described as a prosperous
land of brave people, however, for a long time coins were the only
trace of this civilization and some even speculated that it was a
myth. Finally, in the second half of the 20th century, two sites were
discovered verifying the existence of the kingdom of Bactria.
Through these discoveries, the Oxus Treasure of
British Museum came to be attributed to Bactrian temples. Our exhibit,
which could be considered the second Oxus Treasure, reveals how Persian
and Greek influences gave birth to ancient Bactrias magnificent
culture and spiritual world.
Plaque in the shape of chariot
around 4th century B.C.