5 • The Frieze. The Form
We have yet to go into the sculptural and iconographical aspects of the Frieze. Let us now address these thorny questions. At the planning stage, the life of the Buddha must have been the theme proposed for the frieze on the monument. This is not to be seen as an obvious choice, considering the nature of the monument. With the choice of the theme itself, we are already looking towards a series of innovations that characterise both the monument and its artistic content.