votive figure

Terracotta figure of human head. It could be a depicting of a female with a hat. From North West frontier of India.

Head from a terracotta human figurine (probably female) with large appliqué eyes, prominent nose and incised mouth. The coiffure is indicated by black painted stripes on the flat back of the head, probably representing plaits, at the sides of the face by pairs of large flat incised pellets culminating in a container, and at the incised brow by an incised fringe below a set of triangular ornaments. This figurine is a type commonly found in early historic period, often Buddhist, sites in the North West and it is probably a votive figure, representing an unknown female deity. The head is marked in black ink on the reverse with 'Akr' (possibly Akhkari Dheri, near Risalpur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan). Archaeological context: presumably unstratified and from a surface collection. Circa 1st century BCE or 1st century CE. Given by Col D H Gordon (1952/3).

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