Early Indian narrative art of Bharhut: photo 106
Photo 106 of 140 in Gallery: Early Indian narrative art of Bharhut
Image title: Figure 106. Mucalinda Nagaraja and Nagis (Sanci)
Figure 106:—South facing panel on the northern pillar of the western gateway depicting Mucalinda Nagaraja (with his four nagi consorts) in the anthropomorphic form with a giant serpent hood above him, worshipping an empty seat under a peepal (sacred fig) tree, 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.