figure (communication artefact)

Terracotta figure of a human head. Possibly female with hat. From North West Frontier of India.

Head from a human figurine (?) in red terracotta, with a round turban-like device at the top of the head, supporting a further hollow vertical projection now broken off. The head has large half-moon ears, sleepy eyes scraped into shape, and a small mouth. Clearly this figure was carrying something on its head, or may have been part of a support, or leg for some now lost larger object. Marked on the back in black ink with 'Kaus' (ie. Kauśambï, Kauśambī District, Uttar Pradesh, India, situated about 35 miles south-west of Allahabad.) Archaeological context: presumably unstratified and from a surface collection. Early Historic Period, late centuries BCE. Given by Col D H Gordon (1952/3).

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