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Animal Faced Pregnant Female

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Animal Faced Pregnant Female
C. 2700-2100 B.C.

Place of Origin: Mohenjo-Daro
Materials: Terracotta
Dimensions: 9.4 x 4 cm
Acc. No. Vs 33/256

This strange-looking tiny figurine, a woman's anatomy and an animal's face, represents a woman in advanced days of pregnancy. Technically, the human figurines that various Indus and Harappan sites revealed are divisible under two classes one, those hollow or double mould cast usually such as represent just a likeness and other, the figurines that portray events of human life. Even when a figure is isolated it might be, if it reveals an act, an artefact of the second type. A figurine representing a woman in family way, doing physical exercise, dressing hair, or engaged in household activities... are the types often appearing in Indus figurines. Though they are all single figures, being engaged in some activity or other they fall under the second category.

Highly simplified conceived almost like a geometric pattern this figurine, representing a pregnant woman in her maturer years, falls under the second type. Armless, except the arms' little parts adjacent to shoulders remaining, the woman's figure has been cast as standing straight with her legs positioned parallel and almost joined. Strangely, she has a muzzle-like elongated animal face, the style of nose in particular. The stumps of arms have been sockets-like holed as for holding the forearms in them. The rest of the figure is solid. There is a round cavity on the back between joints of hips, and another, below the abdomen. Eyes and nostrils are marked by incision. The figurine is very well baked and reveals traces of red chocolate slip.

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