Oil painting at bamyan in afghanistan predating european oil painting
He was prevented from taking further action by the local governor and a direct order of Mohammed Omar, although tyres were later burned on the head of the great Buddha.
In July 1999, Mullah Mohammed Omar issued a decree in favor of the preservation of the Bamiyan Buddha statues.
It is believed that the upper parts of their faces were made from great wooden masks or casts.
Rows of holes that can be seen in photographs were spaces that held wooden pegs that stabilized the outer stucco.
International opinion strongly condemned the destruction of the Buddhas, which in the following years was primarily viewed as an example of the extreme religious intolerance of the Taliban.Japan and Switzerland, among others, have pledged support for the rebuilding of the statues.Bamiyan lies on the Silk Road, which runs through the Hindu Kush mountain region, in the Bamiyan Valley.Historic documentation refers to celebrations held every year attracting numerous pilgrims and that offers were made to the monumental statues (They were perhaps the most famous cultural landmarks of the region, and the site was listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site along with the surrounding cultural landscape and archaeological remains of the Bamiyan Valley. and described Bamiyan in the Da Tang Xiyu Ji as a flourishing Buddhist center "with more than ten monasteries and more than a thousand monks".