It is believed that the upper parts of their faces were made from great wooden masks or casts.Rows of holes that can be seen in photographs were spaces that held wooden pegs that stabilized the outer stucco.He was prevented from taking further action by the local governor and direct order of Mohammed Omar, although tyres were burnt on the head of the great Buddha.In July 1999, Mullah Mohammed Omar issued a decree in favor of the preservation of the Bamiyan Buddha statues.Monks at the monasteries lived as hermits in small caves carved into the side of the Bamiyan cliffs.Most of these monks embellished their caves with religious statuary and elaborate, brightly colored frescoes.Abdul Wahed, a Taliban commander operating in the area, announced his intention to blow up the Buddhas in 1997 even before he had taken control of the valley.
In fact, some foreigners came to me and said they would like to conduct the repair work of the Bamiyan Buddha that had been slightly damaged due to rains. I thought, these callous people have no regard for thousands of living human beings -- the Afghans who are dying of hunger, but they are so concerned about non-living objects like the Buddha. Information and Culture Minister Qadratullah Jamal told Associated Press of a decision by 400 religious clerics from across Afghanistan declaring the Buddhist statues against the tenets of Islam.
He also noted that both Buddha figures were "decorated with gold and fine jewels" (Wriggins, 1995).
Intriguingly, Xuanzang mentions a third, even larger, reclining statue of the Buddha.
monumental statues of standing buddha carved into the side of a cliff in the Bamyan valley in the Hazarajat region of central Afghanistan, 230 km (140 mi) northwest of Kabul at an altitude of 2,500 meters (8,200 feet).
Built in 507 AD (smaller) and 554 AD (larger), The main bodies were hewn directly from the sandstone cliffs, but details were modeled in mud mixed with straw, coated with stucco.