After the Destruction of Giant Buddha Statues in Bamiyan by Claudio Margottini (auth.), Claudio Margottini (eds.)

By Claudio Margottini (auth.), Claudio Margottini (eds.)

This paintings stories on a true event in earth technological know-how and conservation, facing the UNESCO’s emergency actions applied in Bamiyan (Central Afghanistan) for the restoration and rehabilitation of the cliff and niches after the destruction of the 2 recognized substantial Statues in 2001.

Since 2002 a world attempt has been made to appreciate the geological features of the world, the mechanical houses of neighborhood fabrics, petro-geophysical and sedimentological information in addition to the old and geological evolution of the Statues and cliff. Taken jointly, this knowledge serves as a foundation for the restoration and rehabilitation of the cliff and niches and is gifted in detail.

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The sides advanced so as to form wings, in which were staircases ascending to a gallery behind the neck of the statue, whereas other galleries ran off from their sides, right and left, into the rock. The flights of steps of the larger image were so much decayed as to be inaccessible, but one of those on the side on the smaller was mostly intact, and led to the head of the figure. It was said that both figures were constructed by order of Aurangzeb (Moorcroft and Trebeck 1842). About 1830 another English traveler, Charles Masson, who was a real adventurer, crossed the Valley of Bamiyan.

The execution of the work was indifferent, and not superior to the pictures which the Chinese make in imitations of an European artist. The traditions of the people regarding the idols of Bameean are vague and unsatisfactory. It is stated, that they were excavated about the Christian era, by ta tribe of Kaffirs (infidels), to represent a king, named Silsal, and his wife, who ruled in a distant country, and was worshipped for his greatness. The Hindoos assert that they were excavated by the Pandoos, and that they are mentioned in the great epic poem of the Mahaburat.

The drawing is a typographic reproduction probably realized by photography. It shows a particular moment during one of the many military training parades that were executed in the valley. At the beginning of the twentieth century the colossus of Bamiyan and surrounding caves were well known Asian monuments. However, there is a real lack of archaeological study about the statues and the valley as a whole. The first scientific research conducted was the topographic work by Talbot and Maitland, as mentioned.

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