Early Indian narrative art of Bharhut: photo 132
Photo 132 of 140 in Gallery: Early Indian narrative art of Bharhut
Image title: Figure 132. Dryad and Amorous Couple
Figure 132:—Pillar fragment depicting a shalabhanjika (dryad) standing beneath a mango tree and a mithuna (amorous) couple, Bharhut Stupa, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, United States. (Courtesy: Janice Leoshko, Buddhist Art of Northern India, Plate 1).
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.