By Claudio Margottini
This paintings studies on a true experience in earth technology 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 well-known mammoth Statues in 2001.
Since 2002 a world attempt has been made to appreciate the geological features of the world, the mechanical homes 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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I have now to note the most remarkable curiosity in the idols of Bameean. The niches of both have been at one time plastered, and ornamented with paintings of human figures, which have now disappeared from all parts but that immediately over the heads of the idols. Here the colours are as vivid, and the paintings as distinct, as in the Egyptian tombs. There is little variety in the design of these figures; which represent the bust of a woman, with a knob of hair on the head, and a plaid thrown half over the chest; the whole surrounded by a halo, and the head again by another halo.
They generally bear Cufic inscriptions, and are of a later date than the age of Mahommed. These excavated caves, or houses, have no pretensions to architectural ornament, being no more than squared holes in the hill. Some of them are finished in the shape of a dome, and have a carved frieze below the point, from which the cupola G. Martini and S. Paolini 24 springs. The inhabitants tell many tell many remarkable tales of the caves of Bameean; one in particular – that a mother had lost her child among them, and recovered it after a lapse of twelve years!
Here the colours are as vivid, and the paintings as distinct, as in the Egyptian tombs. There is little variety in the design of these figures; which represent the bust of a woman, with a knob of hair on the head, and a plaid thrown half over the chest; the whole surrounded by a halo, and the head again by another halo. In one part, I could trace a group of three female figures following each other. The execution of the work was indifferent, and not superior to the pictures which the Chinese make in imitations of an European artist.