Of oil painting at bamyan in afghanistan predating european oil
Herein, they made the decision to destroy the statues." However, he did not comment on the fact that a foreign museum offered to "buy the Buddhist statues, the money from which could have been used to feed children." On April 19, 2004, in a purported interview with Pakistani journalist Mohammad Shehzad, Mullah Mohammad Omar said the following, "I did not want to destroy the Bamyan Buddha. Had they come for humanitarian work, I would have never ordered the Buddhas' destruction." Though the figures of the two large Buddhas are almost completely destroyed, their outlines and some features are still recognizable within the recesses.
In fact, some foreigners came to me and said they would like to conduct the repair work of the Bamyan Buddha that had been slightly damaged due to rains. I thought, these callous people have no regard for thousands of living human beings — the Afghans who are dying of hunger, but they are so concerned about non-living objects like the Buddha. It is also still possible for visitors to explore the monks' caves and the passages which connect them.
As part of the international effort to rebuild Afghanistan after the Taliban war, the Government of Japan and several other organizations, among them the Afghanistan Institute in Bubendorf, Switzerland, along with the ETH in Zurich, have committed themselves to rebuilding the two largest Buddhas; anastylosis is one technique being considered.
In May 2002, a mountainside sculpture of the Buddha was carved out of a mountain in Sri Lanka.
The two most prominent statues were the giant, standing Buddhas, measuring 55 and 37 metres (180 and 121 feet) high respectively, the largest examples of standing Buddha carvings in the world.
The smaller of the two statues was built in 507 The statues are believed to have been built by the Kushans and Indo-Hephthalites (both eastern Indo-European peoples) at the heyday of their empires.
The above mentioned groups were the ancestors of the Hazaras, the most persecuted ethnic group in Afghanistan.
Physical and facial features of the Hazaras are greatly similar to those in the frescoes found in the ancient relics and caves.
When Mahmud of Ghazni (971-1030 ) conquered Afghanistan and part of west India in the eleventh century, the Buddhas and frescoes were spared from destruction though Buddhist monasteries and other artifacts were looted or destroyed.
Mohammed Nadir Shah (1880-1933 ) fired cannon at the statues.
Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates would later condemn the destruction.