Early Indian narrative art of Bharhut: photo 69
Photo 69 of 140 in Gallery: Early Indian narrative art of Bharhut
Image title: Figure 69. Pot-Bellied Yaksha and Lotus Creeper
Figure 69:—Crossbar medallion depicting a squatting, pot-bellied yaksha with padma (lotus) and utpala (blue lotus) creepers coming out of its naval, 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.