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But we discovered a piece from the upper right arm down to the elbow. But the head is broken because of water damage beneath the ground.

Still, the pillow he is sleeping on is in perfect condition," Tarzi says."If I had permission and if I would live long enough, I would definitely restore it for Afghanistan.

But I left the country before I could finish that work, and I didn't expect to ever return to Afghanistan."Ancient Traveler's Accounts Tarzi says he learned from his restoration work in the 1970s that the descriptions of the two standing Buddhas provided by Xuanzang's 1,400-year-old journal were extremely accurate.In the ancient Mediterranean world, drying oils were used in medicines, cosmetics, and perfumes.Scholars long believed they were first added to paints much later in medieval Europe."I think there could be similar [reclining] Buddhas, but I'm still searching for the 300-meter sleeping Buddha."Tarzi is one of the world's most knowledgeable experts on the giant Buddhas that were destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban regime.By 1979, when Soviet forces invaded Afghanistan and Tarzi fled the country, he had already spent three decades studying the area and repairing the 55-meter and 38-meter standing Buddhas.