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Family collection of Afghan Treasures

08-20-2010 08:54 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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In fact, the variety of cultural relics inside the Afghanistan pavilion comes from a private collection. An Afghan family has been gathering the precious relics of their nation for several generations.

Their collection is not only a vivid presentation of Afghan history and culture, but is also an embodiment of the Afghans' devotion and love to keeping their own civilization alive.

Mr. Haji Omar is an Afghan jeweler who lives in Austria. For this year's Expo, he was assigned the post as the head of Afghanistan Pavilion.

The more than four-hundred exhibits on display all come from the private collection of the Omar family.

Mr.Omar said he was told from childhood by his father that these things were the treasures of Afghanistan, so they would have to preserve them very well.

The Omar family collection boasts as much as 18-hundred items of cultural relics of Afghanistan, and he brought a part of it to Shanghai.

For Mr. Omar, the Shanghai Expo provides a rare opportunity to showcase the historical relics of Afghanistan to people from around the world. He believes that letting more people know about the relics is a good way to protect them.

Editor:Yang Jie |Source: CNTV.CN

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