This crown, wrought of solid gold, was collapsible for easy transport by ancient nomads. In 1978, a Soviet-Afghan team of archaeologists uncovered a series of tombs for a nomadic chief and five women, dating from the 1st century BC or the 1st century AD, when nomadic Kushan tribes from the north dominated Bactria. The Soviet invasion of Afghanistan closed down the excavations a year later. The team took its finds to the National Museum in Kabul, where they were stored and later hidden without ever being put on exhibition.
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