Early Indian narrative art of Bharhut: photo 101
Photo 101 of 140 in Gallery: Early Indian narrative art of Bharhut
Image title: Figure 101. The Assault of Mara (Gandhara)
Figure 101:—Panel depicting the Maradharshana with the representation of the bodhi tree canopy overarching the halo of the Buddha, Northwest Pakistan (Gandhara), c. 2nd-3rd century CE, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, United States. (Courtesy: Vidya Dehejia, Discourse in Early Buddhist Art: Visual Narratives of India, Fig. 37).
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.