Early Indian narrative art of Bharhut: photo 34
Photo 34 of 140 in Gallery: Early Indian narrative art of Bharhut
Image title: Figure 34. Elapatra Nagaraja and Nagis
Figure 34:—Panel on the Prasenajit Pillar depicting the story of Elapatra Nagaraja, who (along with nagis) in the anthropomorphic form with a serpent crest head dress is worshipping an empty seat under a shiri̅sha tree, Bharhut, Bharhut Gallery, Indian Museum, Kolkata. (Photograph by the author).
The art of Bharhut, dominated by sculptural reliefs narrating a popular facet of Buddhism in the form of the immense Jataka literature, represent the emergence of visual narrative art in India.—Bharhut represents the earliest evidence of narrative art which display many story telling techniques.