Early Indian narrative art of Bharhut: photo 84
Photo 84 of 140 in Gallery: Early Indian narrative art of Bharhut
Image title: Figure 84. The Birth Story of Buddha (Amaravati)
Figure 84:—A set of four dome slab panels depicting the successive scenes of the Buddhaʼs birth story, including Mayadevi holding on to the branch of a shala tree as Siddhartha emerges from her right side in the last scene, Amaravati, c. 2nd century CE, British museum, London. (Courtesy: Ratan Parimoo, Life of Buddha in Indian Sculptures, Fig. 17).
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.