moesgaard museum, de etnografiske samlinger, ethnography, collections, museum, aarhus, denmark

Pillar – Afghanistan

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Middle East

Pillar with carvings of the goddess Sülmech riding on a ram.

The pillar belongs to the Kafir period from before the Emir of Kabul forced the eastern part of Afghanistan to convert to Islam, which means that it is at least 100 years old, the exact date however cannot be determined with certainty.

The pillar originates from the Piblyek-Tadba lineage in the village Dewa. Along with other pillars it formed the structure of one of the family’s holy buildings. Another one of the pillars can be seen at Musee de Guimet in Paris.

// Emma Louise Pedersen

Emma


Photo: © 2007 Photo/Media Department of Moesgaard Museum.

Byline portrait: © 2015 Line Beck, lbmfotografi.wix.com

 

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