At bamyan in afghanistan predating european oil painting by some
monumental statues of standing buddhas carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, situated 230 km (143 miles) northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2500 meters (8,202 ft).
Built in 507, the larger in 554 The main bodies were hewn directly from the sandstone cliffs, but details were modeled in mud mixed with straw, coated with stucco.
as they were called by the locals, did not fail to fire the imagination of Islamic writers in centuries past.
The smaller Buddha was once known as a statue of Sakyamuni in Xuanzang’s Great Tang Records on the Western Regions, and physical characteristics of the Buddha has to be male.
Because Afghanistan’s Buddhist population no longer exists, which removed the possibility of the statues being worshiped, he added: “The government considers the Bamyan statues as an example of a potential major source of income for Afghanistan from international visitors.
The Taliban states that Bamyan shall not be destroyed but protected.” However, Afghanistan’s radical clerics began a campaign to crack down on “un-Islamic” segments of Afghan society.
They are believed to have been built by the Kushans, with the guidance of local Buddhist monks, at the heyday of their empire.Japan and Switzerland, among others, have pledged support for the rebuilding of the statues.Bamyan lies on the Silk Road which lies in the Hindu Kush mountain region, in the Bamiyan Valley.It was the site of several Buddhist monasteries, and a thriving center for religion, philosophy, and Indian art.It was a Buddhist religious site from the 2nd century up to the time of the Islamic invasion in the 9th century.