Narrative Visions and Visual Narratives in Indian Buddhism - Naomi Appleton

Narrative Visions and Visual Narratives in Indian Buddhism - Naomi Appleton

2. Rethinking Chronology and Narrative Modes: The Case of Sancī Stūpa 2

Narrative Visions and Visual Narratives in Indian Buddhism - Naomi Appleton

Flavia Zaghet [+-]
Sapienza University of Rome
Dr. Flavia Zaghet obtained her PhD in February 2020 in Sapienza University of Rome under the supervisor of Prof Ciro Lo Muzio with a dissertation titled Sanchi Stūpa 2: A Reassessment of its Context, Dating and Iconographic Repertoire. Her interests focus on early Indian art and archeology, Buddhist narratives and Buddhist studies in particular. She has also carried out research in India during two fieldwork trips at the archeological sites of early Buddhism such as Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh, Kanheri, Bhaja, Bedsa, Karle, Pithalkora and Nasik in Maharashtra, Udayagiri and Kandagiri in Orissa.

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Different modes of visual narration were employed in early Buddhist art. As a result, visualizations of the same narrative are often both profoundly different and difficult to interpret (or even identify) in the absence of inscriptions or securely identified comparisons. The aim of this chapter is to illustrate the benefits of a reconsideration on the one hand of established chronologies (which have considerably influenced the history of iconographic studies) and on the other of visual narration modes in order to deepen our knowledge of the visual expressions of narrative in early Buddhist art. The case of Sanchi Stūpa 2 provides a prime example, where a chronological reassessment and the identification of a variant of the monoscenic mode of visual narration (the spotlight mode) lead to the identification of a narrative vein including (as yet) unknown narratives. The same kind of approach could be fruitfully applied to well-studied reliefs as well as more obscure ones, hopefully paving the way for the development of studies in the future.

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Zaghet, Flavia. 2. Rethinking Chronology and Narrative Modes: The Case of Sancī Stūpa 2. Narrative Visions and Visual Narratives in Indian Buddhism. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Apr 2022. ISBN 9781800501317. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39988. Date accessed: 27 Jan 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39988. Apr 2022

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