votive figure

Head of clay figure.

Head from a human figurine in coarse red terracotta, with traces of a dark red slip, the back of the head plain, mostly flat, and unmodelled. The face is round with prominent eyes and eyebrows, full lips and a broad nose. The hair is smoothly parted above the brow in a line running down to the back. The face is framed by what seems to be a band decorated with diagonally incised lines. This figure may have been female, to judge by its coiffure and was probably a small sculpture of some votive type. Marked on the back with ‘Kaus’ (Kauśāmbī, Kaushambi District, Uttar Pradesh, India). Kauśāmbī, may date to as early as the early 1st millennium BCE and was finished by about the 6th century CE. This piece may date to between the 3rd and 5th centuries CE and may in its general aesthetic demeanour be compared to categories of Kushan and Gupta terracottas. Archaeological context: presumably unstratified and from a surface collection. Given by Col D H Gordon (1952/3).

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