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Influence of Buddhism on Ancient Indian Art

Author: Erin Aldana
This lesson will discuss the influence of Buddhism on ancient Indian art.
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Key Terms

Mauryan Period

One of the largest ancient Indian Empires during the 4th to 2nd century BC.


An important Buddhist king of 3rd century BC India, known for his edicts, posted at the top of monumental pillars.


An important pilgrimage site where the Buddhist Sangha came into existence through the enlightenment of Kondanna.

Ashokan Pillars

Pillars inscribed with the edicts by Mauryan king Ashoka.


Orders commanded by an authority or supreme ruler.

Axis Mundi

In religion or mythology, the center or connection between heaven and earth; the point where communication can occur between higher and lower regions.


Not allowing images, or idols.

Image Credits

Image of Ashokan Pillar at Feroze shah Kotla, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:The_Ashoka_Pillar.JPG, Ashoka pillar with Lions, Creative Commons, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:AshokaLions.jpg, Yakshi Holding a Fly Whisk, Creative Commons Wikimedia, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Yakshini.jpg