Objects in this section come from the surveys and the excavations of the Islamic sites in Ghazni and from the Afghan Museums. They were documented in the 1950s-1970s and 2002 to present.

All information is based on the archives of the Italian Archaeological Mission in Afghanistan (former IsIAO archives) and on recent researches. 62,000 objects from Islamic Ghazni are documented:

  • Elements of architectural decoration (marble, alabaster, brickwork, stucco, plaster, ceramic tiles, glass, and wood);
  • Marble tombs and stelae;
  • Pottery, metalwork, glass;
  • Coins.

These objects will be available online at different stages, following ongoing research.

Location of the objects

In 1978, before the interruption of the activities of the Mission, the objects were kept in: 

  • Ghazni, Rawza Islamic Museum
  • Kabul National Museum
  • Rome, IsIAO and Museo Nazionale d'Arte Orientale (1966 agreement signed with the Afghan authorities).

No missing object from the Afghan Museums was reported up to that period. Since the resume of the works in Afghanistan in 2002, the Italian Archaeological Mission has been assessing the current location of the objects from Ghazni. Not all the objects previously known (as a result of the activities from 1957 to 1978) were found during the inventorying of the storages in Afghanistan, at Ghazni and at the Kabul Museum. Some are now in private and public collections, others are still missing. 

The current location of the objects is provided when available.