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Other early civilisations including those in current-day Iran, China, Turkey, Pakistan and India may have used similar techniques as well but their ruins have not been subject to the same battery of studies.The results were presented in a scientific conference in Japan last January, but are only published today in the Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry.These lead carbonates were often used, since antiquity up to modern times, not only in paintings but also in cosmetics as face whiteners.The paintings are probably the work of artists who travelled on the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China, across Central Asia's desert to the West.In 2001 the Taliban destroyed two ancient colossal Buddha statues in the Afghan region of Bamiyan, around 140 miles northwest of Kabul, which were hewn out of sandstone cliffs in the sixth century and, measuring up to 55 metres, were the biggest of their kind.
"This is the earliest clear example of oil paintings in the world, although drying oils were already used by ancient Romans and Egyptians, but only as medicines and cosmetics", explains Ms Taniguchi, leader of the team."My European colleagues were shocked because they always believed oil paintings were invented in Europe.
But the team that used the ESRF, an intense source of X rays, found the Bamiyan paintings date back to the mid-7th century AD The murals show scenes with Buddhas in vermilion robes sitting cross-legged amid palm leaves and mythical creatures.
Other motifs show crouching monkeys, men facing one another or palm leaves delicately intertwined.
Protein-based material can indicate the use of hide glue or egg.
Within the various pigments, the scientists found a high use of lead whites.