This is coolbert:
How many times has this been a topic for the blog? A treasure of gold of immense value having been lost as a result of war!
Gold treasure as hunted for but seems in all cases [?] never to be found.
As it has been in the past so as it is now in Afghan!
Courtesy the English tabloid Daily Mail.
* "The Bactrian Treasure is one of the largest collections of gold in the world. * Taliban chief says efforts have begun ‘to track and locate’ the priceless pieces. * It contains golden rings, coins earrings, bracelets, necklaces and even weapons."
THE BACTRIAN TREASURE A "NATIONAL TREASURE" OF AFGHAN PRICELESS. ARTIFACTS WORTH FAR MORE THAN THE VALUE OF THE GOLD ITSELF.
"national treasure: noun. A person, place, or object that is deemed to be of value to an entire nation, usually due to its cultural significance."
My instantaneous thought [and I hope I am wrong] was the Taliban will DESTROY the artifacts!
The Bactrian Treasure from the Islamic perspective represents jahiliyyah. A concept of a period of ignorance prior to the time before the revelations of Mohammad. Think the statues of the Buddha in the Bamiyan valley and destruction of same.
See additional blog entries [with many additional links] the topic the long-lost gold treasure the military dimension:
The image accompanying this blog entry I believe to be a Marco Polo sheep. Ovis polii. Remarkable goldsmithing!