toy figure; figure (communication artefact)

Small clay figure of a standing animal in light red terracotta with a grey core, probably a bovine, although it lacks the usual hump of the Bos indicus, almost universally depicted in these models. It has ears and a tail, no eyes, and short, stumpy legs. It could be a sheep, were it not for the erect ears. The ends of the legs are worn, and at least one (front foreleg) seems to be broken off. As in all such terracotta animal figures, it is likely to have been a children’s toy.

Small figure of a standing animal in light red terracotta with a grey core, probably a bovine, though it lacks the usual hump of the Bos indicus, almost universally depicted in these models. It has ears and a tail, no eyes and short, stumpy legs. It could be a sheep, were it not for the erect ears. The ends of the legs are worn and at least one (front foreleg) seems to be broken off. As in all of these terracotta animal figures, it is likely to have been a children’s toy. Marked on the underside with ‘SD24’ (probably Sar Dheri, Charsadda District, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan). Early Historic Period, late centuries BCE. Archaeological context: presumably unstratified and from a surface collection. Given by Col D H Gordon (1952/3).

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