Early Indian narrative art of Bharhut: photo 119
Photo 119 of 140 in Gallery: Early Indian narrative art of Bharhut
Image title: Figure 119. War for Buddha’s Relics (Amaravati)
Figure 119:—Coping panel depicting the war for Buddha’s relics with the representation of elephants with riders carrying relic caskets, Amaravati, c. 2nd century CE, Government Museum, Chennai. (Courtesy: Vidya Dehejia, Discourse in Early Buddhist Art: Visual Narratives of India, Fig. 136).
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.