toy figure; figure (communication artefact)

Composite animal children’s toy of clay, in the shape of a bird’s body and a horned mammal head with tightly curled horns and a flat muzzle., perhaps a buffalo; punched eyes and a slit mouth. Feathers on the bird’s back are indicated by pairs of incised parallel lines on either side of a long axial line. The body below the neck is pierced through by a large hole for the insertion of a spindle or axle for the attachment of wheels to enable the animal to be pulled along.

A composite animal children’s toy, in the shape of a bird’s body and a horned mammal head with tightly curled horns and a flat muzzle (a buffalo?); punched eyes and a slit mouth. Feathers on the bird’s back are indicated by pairs of incised parallel lines on either side of a long axial line. The body below the neck is pierced through by a large hole for the insertion of a spindle or axle for the attachment of wheels to enable the animal to be pulled along. No findspot is recorded for this object nor is it marked with any site name abbreviation. Early Historic Period, circa early centuries. Archaeological context: presumably unstratified and from a surface collection. Given by Col D H Gordon (1952/3).

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