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Buddha statue to go on public display in National Museum of Afghanistan

Saturday, 18 March 2017


Kabul: Having withstood time, the elements, looters and war, a spectacular Buddha restored and removed from one of Afghanistan’s most dangerous regions is to make its public debut in the country’s national museum.

The statue, which depicts the sage in a purple shroud offering his hands to the heavens, had been hidden beneath layers of soil and silt since some time between the third and fifth centuries, according to archaeologists who discovered it.

The exceptionally well-preserved piece, with its colours still vibrant, was found in 2012 at the Mes Aynak site about 40km southeast of Kabul, in the now Taliban-infested Logar province. Its discovery was made possible after a Chinese consortium began digging a massive copper mine that uncovered an ancient monastery complex stretching out over an area of 1,000 acres.

Carbonara said details of the face, the black curls of the Buddha’s bun, its pink cheeks and deep blue eyes pointed to a “truly sophisticated technique” of craftsmanship.The Buddha left DAFA’s workshops earlier this week under military escort and was brought to the National Museum of Afghanistan in preparation for its public unveiling.

Source by: Internet

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