votive figure

Terracotta figure of human head from North West frontier of India.

Head with flat back from a human figurine in red terracotta, with wide incised eyes and punched dot pupils, broad nose and thick lips; traces of a hanging ornament at the hairline above the forehead. This fragment was probably part of a votive figure, representing a now unknown deity. Marked on the reverse in pencil with 'Kaus' (ie. Kauśambi, Allahabad District, Uttar Pradesh, India) and with a further number, now illegible. Archaeological context: presumably unstratified and from a surface collection. Early Historic Period (Kushan Dynasty?) , circa 1st or 2nd century. Donated by Col D H Gordon (1952/3).

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