This gold pendant with turquoise, garnet, lapis lazuli, carnelian, and pearls depicts a dragon master. The artifact will be part of the U.S. exhibition Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul" in 2008 and 2009.
The pendant, dating from the first century A.D., was found at one of four Afghan archaeological sites that yielded the works of art in the exhibition.
The ornament was part of the some one hundred gold objects taken from the graves of six Bactrian nomads.
Many of the Bactrian objects reflect local artisans' distinctive blend of motifs known from Greek, Roman, Indian, and Chinese art.