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Type of object: Clothing Accession number: 2005.860 Object: Dress Material/technique: Cotton, silk / hand-embroidered Origin/Period: Afghanis...
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Type of object:

Clothing

Accession number:

2005.860

Object:

Dress

Material/technique:

Cotton, silk / hand-embroidered

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description:

Woman’s cream-colored V-necked long-sleeved muslin dress, lined in white rayon. Bloused at waist, with belt. Embroidered in gold-colored silk in band around neck, cuffs and belt. Stylized tree of life around bottom of skirt. Small geometric motifs scattered over bodice and sleeves, rows of geometric motifs running vertically down skirt.

Measurements:

L. 117 cm

Condition:

Good

Provenance:

Kabul, 1975

Donated by:

Mr. and Mrs. Ghulam, St. Gallen, Switzerland

Inventory number:

W. 44 cm

Misc. 01

Weight 330 g

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Weaponry

Accession number:

2005.861

Object:

Knife and sheath

Material/technique:

Metal, bone, leather / hand-crafted

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description:

Long knife, so-called Khyber knife, with bone handle; leather sheath with embossed floral decoration on one side; wide metal band around mouth, narrow band with ring around body and metal tip around end.

Measurements:

L. 68 cm

Condition:

Worn

Provenance:

Bought in Kabul, 1993-95.

Donated by:

Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Anton Neuenschwander-Caflisch, Liestal, Switzerland

Inventory number:

W. 6 cm

Misc. 02

Weight 820 g

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Weaponry

Accession number:

2005.862

Object:

Pistol

Material/technique:

Metal, wood / hand-crafted

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 19th C.

Brief description:

Flint-lock pistol with long handle, slightly flared mouth, metal top of barrel with incised decoration.

Measurements:

L. 60.5 cm

Condition:

Very worn

Provenance:

Kabul, 1956

Donated by:

Prof. Dr. and Mrs. W. Büttiker, Magden, Switzerland

Inventory number:

Misc. 03

Weight 1330 g

Photograph

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Footwear

Accession number:

2005.863

Object:

Shoes

Material/technique:

Leather / hand-crafted

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description:

Pair of men’s heavy dark-brown leather shoes with long pointed turned-up toes lying back along front of shoe, long tab at back; thick stitched sole, flat round heel; edge of opening of shoe with four stitched lines, underside of toe with series of lines.

Measurements:

L. 30 cm

Condition:

Worn

Provenance:

Bought in the bazaar of Kunduz in 1956.

Donated by:

Prof. Dr. and Mrs. W. Büttiker, Magden, Switzerland

Inventory number:

W. 12 cm

Misc. 04

Weight 1120 g

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Footwear

Accession number:

2005.864

Object:

Shoes

Material/technique:

Leather, cloth, metallic thread / hand-crafted

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description:

Pair of woman’s gondola-shaped shoes with pointed turned-up toes, pointed tab at back, stiff flat soles, tips and innersoles of burgundy leather. Upper surface, sides and back embroidered with metallic thread, on front cursive embroidery on blue and burgundy cloth background.

Measurements:

L. 26 cm

Condition:

Worn, faded

Provenance:

Eastern Afghanistan, 1956

Donated by:

Prof. Dr. and Mrs. W. Büttiker, Magden, Switzerland

Inventory number:

W. 9 cm

Misc. 05

Weight 330 g

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Container

Accession number:

2005.865

Object:

Caddy

Inventory number:

Misc. 06

Material/technique: Copper, tin / hand-crafted Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description:

Round copper caddy, handle added separately, lid and sides decorated with shallow incised floral and linear motifs. For use in hamam.

Measurements:

Dia. 18 cm H. 8 cm

Condition:

Worn

Provenance:

Bought in Pul-i-Khumri in 1978.

Donated by:

Mr. Karl Schiessl, Lucerne, Switzerland

Weight 960 g

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Utensil

Accession number:

2005.866

Object:

Spoon

Material/technique:

Metal / hand-crafted

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description:

Small crudely cast yellow metal spoon with open-work designs along handle and in bowl.

Measurements:

L. 10.5 cm W. 1.5 cm

Condition:

Slight damage

Provenance:

Bought in Kabul in 1956.

Donated by:

Prof. Dr. and Mrs. W. Büttiker, Magden, Switzerland

Inventory number:

Misc. 07

Weight 8 g

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Jewelry

Accession number:

2005.867

Object:

Amulet holder

Material/technique:

Silver alloy / hand-crafted

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description:

Two decorated amulet holders joined by band of open-work, three fixed rings at top, 11 rings at bottom holding alternating hollow decorated tear-shaped and rounded pendants.

Measurements:

L. 10 cm

Condition:

Worn

Provenance:

Afghanistan

Donated by:

Mrs. Susi Kramer, Oberhof, Switzerland

Inventory number:

W. 10 cm

Misc. 08

Weight 135 g

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Prayer beads

Accession number:

2005.868

Object:

Prayer beads

Material/technique:

Stone, gold / hand-crafted

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 12th C.

Brief description:

String of round lapis beads, with two round hollow gold beads and one hollow conical bead (mullahgak) from 12th C., Saljuq period.

Measurements:

L. 24 cm (doubled)

Condition:

Good

Provenance:

Northern Afghanistan

Donated by:

Haji Habibuddin Azizi, Dubai

Inventory number:

Misc. 09

Weight 43 g

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Animal husbandry

Accession number:

2005.869

Object:

Whistle

Material/technique:

Unbaked clay / hand-crafted

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description:

Triangular smooth hollow grey pillow-shaped unbaked clay whistle used by shepherds, hole at top and four small holes on one side.

Measurements:

L. 6 cm W. 6 cm

Condition:

Good

Provenance:

Surkh Kotal, Afghanistan

Donated by:

Mrs. Hedi Berner, Signal de Bougy, Switzerland

Inventory number:

Misc. 10

Weight 65 g

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Animal husbandry

Accession number:

2005.870

Object:

Whistle

Material/technique:

Unbaked clay / hand-crafted

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description:

Small triangular smooth hollow grey pillow-shaped unbaked clay shepherd’s whistle, hole at top, two small holes on one side.

Measurements:

L. 5 cm W. 4 cm

Condition:

Good

Provenance:

Surkh Kotal, Afghanistan

Donated by:

Mrs. Hedi Berner, Signal de Bougy, Switzerland

Inventory number:

Misc. 11

Weight 25 g

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Animal husbandry

Accession number:

2005.871

Object:

Whistle

Material/technique:

Baked clay / hand-crafted

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description:

Triangular hollow smooth pillow-shaped baked clay shepherd’s whistle, hole at top and two small holes on one side.

Measurements:

L. 5.5 cm

Condition:

One corner damaged

Provenance:

Surkh Kotal, Afghanistan

Donated by:

Mrs. Hedi Berner, Signal de Bougy, Switzerland

Inventory number:

W. 5 cm

Misc. 12

Weight 38 g

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Embroidery

Accession number:

2005.872

Object:

Bedcover

Material/technique:

Cotton, sequins / handmade

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description:

Large quilted patchwork bedcover, in red, blue, yellow, beige, white and green squares and triangles; lined in pink cloth sprinkled with faint silver metallic thread floral motifs and sequins, around edges band of floral print.

Measurements:

L. 190 cm

Condition:

Faded

Provenance:

Afghanistan

Donated by:

Mr. and Mrs. Rolf Ruppli, Sempach-Station, Switzerland

Photograph:

(only half of cover)

Inventory number:

Misc.13

W. 135 cm

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Musical instrument

Accession number:

2005.873

Object:

Harmonium

Material/technique:

Wood, metal / hand-crafted

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 19th C.

Brief description:

Elaborate harmonium fitted into polished foldable wooden box with metal handles. This instrument was originally made in India, and brought to Afghanistan in the times of Amir Abdur Rahman Khan. According to the Afghan dealer, up to the Saur Revolution in 1978 it was kept in the Royal Palace and then sold with many other belongings of the royal family at an auction on the Chaman-e Hozuri.

Measurements:

L. 66 cm

Condition:

Top of box stained

Provenance:

Bought in Karachi, Pakistan, from Afghan dealer, 1979.

Donated by:

Mr. and Mrs. Rolf Ruppli, Sempach-Station, Switzerland

Inventory number:

W. 38 cm

Misc. 14

H. 39 cm

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Musical instrument

Accession number:

2005.874

Object:

Lute (rebab)

Material/technique:

Wood, nacre, bone, metal, nylon / hand-crafted

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description:

Large rebab, plain body of mulberry wood, fingerboard inlaid with nacre, open-work peg head, thirteen round tuning pegs on right side, three tuning pegs on each side of peg head; nylon frets, bone bridge, resonance box covered in skin. This instrument supposedly belonged to a famous musician at the royal court in Kabul.

Measurements:

L. 87 cm

Condition:

Worn

Provenance:

Afghanistan, 1973

Donated by:

Mrs. Dr. R. Vogel, Titisee-Neustadt, Germany

Inventory number:

Misc. 15

W. 19 cm

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Vessel

Accession number:

2005.875

Object:

Ewer

Material/technique:

Copper, tin / hand-crafted

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description:

Large heavy bulbous copper water ewer, curved handle doubled back with faceted conical finial; slightly flared tilted mouth, surface with various incised floral decorations.

Measurements:

Dia. 14.5 cm (mouth)

Condition:

Worn

Provenance:

From Paktia, Afghanistan

Donated by:

Mrs. Dr. R. Vogel, Titisee-Neustadt, Germany

Inventory number:

Misc. 16

H. 38 cm

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Lighting

Accession number:

2005.876

Object:

Oil lamp

Material/technique:

Soapstone / hand-crafted

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description:

Soapstone oil lamp on cylindrical stand and round base, spout and upper body decorated with incised circles and linear designs, upper outer edge serrated.

Measurements:

L. 14 cm

Condition:

Worn

Provenance:

Afghanistan, 1973

Donated by:

Mrs. Dr. R. Vogel, Tissisee-Neustadt, Germany

Inventory number:

W. 9 cm

H. 11 cm

Misc. 17

Weight 970 g

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Jewelry

Accession number:

2005.877

Object:

Bracelet

Material/technique:

Silver alloy, stone / hand-crafted

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description:

Turkoman bracelet, two bands of decorated gilded silver each with three flat oval carnelians; at opening, one half-prong, four complete.

Measurements:

Dia. 7 cm

Condition:

Worn

Provenance:

Afghanistan, 1973

Donated by:

Mrs. Dr. R. Vogel, Titisee-Neustadt, Germany

Inventory number:

H. 6 cm

Misc. 18

Weight 145 g

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005

Type of object:

Jewelry

Accession number:

2005.878

Object:

Bracelet

Material/technique:

Silver alloy, stone / hand-crafted

Origin/Period:

Afghanistan / 20th C.

Brief description:

Metal mesh chain, with round flat filigreed pendant set with uneven round polished carnelian.

Measurements:

Dia. 8 cm

Condition:

Worn

Provenance:

Afghanistan, 1973

Donated by:

Mrs. Dr. R. Vogel, Titisee-Neustadt, Germany

Inventory number:

L. 54 cm (open chain)

Misc. 19

Weight 60 g

Photograph:

Copyright © - Photo/Text: Stiftung Foundation Bibliotheca Afghanica - Afghanistan Museum, Carla Grissmann, 2005