Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Buddhas of Afghanistan

Afghan girls walk past the empty seat of one of the two Buddhas destroyed by the Taliban in 2001 (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images).

Bamiyan Buddha reconstruction
The Guardian
Coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha statues by the Taliban, an exhibition opened at the British Museum this week showcasing more than 200 examples of Afghanistan's cultural heritage over the last 4,000 years. The exhibition, which has toured internationally since 2006, was inaugurated by President Karzai on Tuesday. Among the items on show are 2,000-year-old artefacts from the ancient city of Bagram, north of today's capital, Kabul. "These are an extraordinary set of ivories stolen from the National Museum in Kabul, bought by a London dealer specifically to return them... More>>

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