The Wall Paintings of Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Technology and Materials

Author  Yoko TaniguchiMarine Cotte

The site of Bamiyan in Afghanistan site has suffered numerous disasters throughout its history which have resulted in the loss of many of its cultural treasures, especially many of the Buddhist wall paintings which contain/contained much of the history of painting techniques. 

In spite of these losses, the authors of this volume discovered, in a cave in Bamiyan, the oldest example of the use of oil-based paints in the world dating back to the mid-7th century.

This book presents important data collected through chemical analyses aimed at determining the materials and techniques used in the Buddhist wall paintings at Bamiyan. The results of these studies are discussed from a broad perspective, addressing the cultural interactions between the geographical east and west of the Eurasian continent.

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ISBN 9781909492899
Dimensions 210 x 297mm
Pages 218
Published December 2022
Price £55.00