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Afghanistan Bamiyan Buddha Hazara

The head of the Bamiyan Buddha of 34 m high an is fresco in 1995..These magnificent colossal statues, created during the 3rd4th centuries A.D., attracted pilgrims for centuries, far beyond the time when Buddhism languished in India following the disastrous visitation of the Hephthalite Huns in the 5th century, the subsequent resurgence of Hinduism, and the arrival of iconoclastic Islam in the 7th century..The entire niche was once covered with paintings dating from i he late 5th to the early 7th centuries..The parabolic niche in which this figure stands was once covered with paintings but most have fallen except for the heroic figure of the Sun God riding in his golden chariot pulled through a dark-blue sky by snow-white horses, which can still be seen on the soffit of the niche..The fresco scene conceptualizes the relationship between the cosmos and the Buddha who is represented below as the embodiment of a Cosmic Buddha evolving from the sun in order to illuminate the world with total understanding. The iconography is syncretic, combining symbolism from Greece (Helios), Sasanian Persia (Mithra) and India (Surya). The Sun God is dressed in a long Sasanian cloak with a sword attached to the belt and he carries a scepter. This central figure is framed in a dark-red saw-toothed nimbus and the chariot with its riders bursts through the clouds. Above the nimbus there are flying geese and two truncated busts of women wearing pointed caps and holding billowing scarves over their heads. They represent the breezes which rise at sunrise and sunset. On either side of the Sun God there are two half-bird, half-human sirens, representing the deities who direct celestial music. Below them there are two winged female figures wearing helmets, each holding a shield and a spear. These may be seen as Night and Dawn, Mithras handmaidens, as Nike Athene, or as the wives of Surya.
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The head of the Bamiyan Buddha of 34 m high an is fresco in 1995..These magnificent colossal statues, created during the 3rd4th centuries A.D., attracted pilgrims for centuries, far beyond the time when Buddhism languished in India following the disastrous visitation of the Hephthalite Huns in the 5th century, the subsequent resurgence of Hinduism, and the arrival of iconoclastic Islam in the 7th century..The entire niche was once covered with paintings dating from i he late 5th to the early...
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From gallery: Afghanistan Bamiyan Buddha Hazara
Source: YumeVisionPhotographers
Date: 29 Sep 1995
Location: Bamiyan Hazarajat Afghanistan
Credit: Swen Connrad'/YumeVision
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Keywords:
  • Afghanistan
  • Hazarajat
  • Bamiyan
  • UNESCO
  • Destruction
  • Archaeology
  • Archaeologist
  • Buddhism
  • Buddha

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