Detail of wall painting the Buddhas of Bamiyan

Detail of a wall painting of a teaching Bodhisattva, located in the niche surrounding the head of the Colossal Buddha at Bamiyan. The centuries-old depictions of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and other heavenly figures painted in the niche were destroyed along with the statue of the Buddha. Photo: © John C. Huntington. Compliments of The Huntington Archive; retouched on computer by John C. Huntington.