Tillya Tepe (Golden Mound). Near Sheberghan, Jawzjan Province.
The 2-meter grave shafts held simple wooden coffins standing on wooden legs, held together by iron clamps and nails 7 cm. long. Painted hides covered the coffins. The bodies, draped with gold-spangled shrouds. lay on their backs fully extended; four heads pointed north, two to the west. Each was dressed in layers of fine clothing embroidered with gold spangles. They also wore elaborate jewelry, and sandal soles of gold. Each burial contained from 2,500 to 4,000 pieces of gold, including personal grave goods of silver and gold objects set around the bodies, such as silver mirrors with ivory handles from China and clumps of white powder and lumps of rouge.
Photo: Jonathan Lee
- acku Afghanistan
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- Contained in galleries
- NATIONAL MUSEUM II: CE (Common Era)