toy figure; figure (communication artefact)

Head from a bull figurine (Bos indicus?) in red terracotta with a dark red slip. One horn is missing, but the prominent hump remains intact. The eyes, nostrils, and mouth are incised or punched. The ears and horns have been luted on to the head.

Head from a bull figurine (Bos indicus?) in red terracotta with a dark red slip, one horn missing, the prominent hump remains intact. The eyes, nostrils and mouth are incised or punched. The ears and horns have been luted on to the head. Bull figurines are ubiquitous in sites in South Asia. They are most likely to have functioned as children's toys; no other practical use has ever been ascribed to them. The back is marked in black ink with 'SB 5' (presumably the site of Sari Bahlol, Mardan District, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan). Archaeological context: presumably unstratified and probably from a surface collection. Early Historic Period, circa early centuries CE. Given by Col D H Gordon (1952/3).

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