Understanding Ancient India in a Global Context
Upinder Singh
TREE & SERPENT: EARLY BUDDHIST ART IN INDIA, 200 BCE–400 CE by By John Guy Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2023, 334 pp., $ 65.00
March 2024, volume 48, No 3

James Fergusson’s Tree and Serpent Worship, published in 1868, got many things wrong but one thing right. It drew attention to the abundance of trees and snakes in the sculptures at Sanchi and Amaravati. Over a century and a half later,

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