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In pictures: Afghan gold

Gold items on display in Paris exhibition

Afghan treasures thought to have been lost forever have gone on display at a Paris museum. (All pictures courtesy of Musee Guimet unless otherwise indicated.)

Gold item on display in Paris exhibition

The collection illustrates about 2,000 years of Afghan history. Many of the items were believed stolen or destroyed as the country emerged from the 2001 fall of the Taleban.

Gold rings on display in Paris exhibition

These rings are among the 220 objects being exhibited at the Musee Guimet - many have never been seen in public before.

Gold item on display in Paris exhibition

This crown is one of the highlights. The treasures were rediscovered in 2004, hidden away since the late 1980s in vaults within the presidential palace.

Statue on display in Paris exhibition

Although some of the items have not survived the ravages of time, experts say the fact that people are able to see them at all is something of a miracle.

Gold item on display in Paris exhibition

At one point it seemed the treasures would not be allowed to leave Afghanistan for fear that they may be lost, stolen, damaged or copied.

Gold item on display in Paris exhibition

Museums all over the world have sought to show the collection, but intensive lobbying by France finally paid dividends.

A restorer works on the collection in France

Many of the items have been painstakingly restored by experts, and are expected to be viewed by thousands of members of the public.

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