His English is effortless and his friendliness unfailing.And it’s fair to say he doesn’t shy away from a challenge.Synchrotron analysis of the paint layers reveals layers of natural resins, proteins, gums and in some cases a resinous, varnish-like layer, as well as the oil paint. It was not until the 13th century that oil was added to paints in Europe and oil paint was not widely used in Europe till the early 15th century.Bamiyan was once a thriving Buddhist centre where monks lived in a series of caves carved into the cliffs by the two statues.
Many of these monks embellished their caves with religious statuary and elaborate, brightly-colored frescoes.
Oil paintings have been found in caves behind the two ancient colossal Buddha statues destroyed in 2001 by the Taliban, suggesting that Asians — not Europeans — were the first to invent oil painting.
Many people worldwide were in shock when the Taliban destroyed the Buddha statues in the Afghan region of Bamiyan.
Ibrahim can point to enough attractions in Bamiyan to put your average tourist trap to shame.
Yes, it is known for the two giant Buddha statues, blown up during the reign of the Taliban, but Bamiyan is also home to magnificent ruin cities, caves featuring some of the oldest oil paintings in the world, and Afghanistan’s first national park.