Early Indian narrative art of Bharhut: photo 81
Photo 81 of 140 in Gallery: Early Indian narrative art of Bharhut
Image title: Figure 81. Gaja Lakshmi (Sanci)
Figure 81:—Lower left panel on the inner face of the northern gateway depicting Mayadevi, sitting in the rajalilasana (regal ease) posture on a full-blown padma (lotus) flower and holding a lotus bud, lustrated by a pair of gajas (elephants), Stupa I, Sanci, c. 1st century BCE. (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.