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Ashes of Culture

When the Bamiyan Buddhas were destroyed in March 2001, a crime against culture shook the world and became a symbol of oppression and a rallying point for the freedom of religious expression. The monumental statues were carved into the cliff at the Bamiyan Valley along the silk route in the 6th Century. Not only were they an extraordinary example of artistry, but also a witness to the blending of cultures and identity.

The period and region were a mix of Roman, Hellenistic, Indian and Sasanian influences, integrated into the Gandhara period of art. The ruins of the magnificent art and culture are represented by terracotta heads from various regions and a large amethyst geode depicting a cave. Four ancient arrowheads form weapons of destruction.

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