figure (communication artefact)

Model of a woman's head with flat features and a conical bun at high angle on the left. Light brown.

Head from a human figurine in fine red terracotta, probably male, with a well-modelled face and an elegant, single-lobed turban and prominent ears. Nothing about this head immediately suggests a votive use for it, though that general purpose is almost universal in some way in the small terracotta tradition in South Asia. 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 collection. Early Historic Period, probably late centuries BCE. 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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