toy figure; figure (communication artefact)

Head and forequarters of a bull; light brown protruding eyes and harness incised on muzzle and neck, with an ornament.

Head and upper forequarters of an animal figurine, in red terracotta, a bull (Bos indicus), legs, hump and horns lost. The eyes and ears are applied, the mouth an incised slit, around the neck is an incised belt and below the head an appliqué pellet decorated with incised horizontal lines. This figurine, along with all other such animals of this sort, are most likely to be children's toys, in the absence of any other rational view. There is no site label on this object, though it is clearly of South Asian origin and most likely from a site in north India or Pakistan, along with most of the small terracotta objects in the Horniman Gordon collection. Early Historic Period, probably late centuries BCE or later. Archaeological context: presumably unstratified and from a surface collection. Given by: Probably by Col D H Gordon though in the absence of one of his diagonstic site labels on the piece, this point remains unclear. N.B. The register tells us that it along with 1983.94 that this object was given to us by Mrs M. Dent and is from Taxila (Pakistan) – Tom Crowley April 2013)

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