Pre-History & Archaeology

Seated male in Namaskar pose

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Seated male in Namaskar pose
2700-2100 B.C.

Place of Origin: Harappa
Materials: Terracotta
Dimensions: L: 5 Ht: 4 W: 2 cm
Acc. No. 3072/388

A perusal of the terracotta figurines unearthed from various Indus sites indicates that the Harappan potters and the artists portrayed figurines practicing exercises and various other postures. In one of these figurines a man is shown seated in Namaskara pose.

M.S.Vats, a well known archeologist, discovered this male figurine from the excavations at Harappa. It is cream coloured and hand-modelled. The seated male is in a yogic posture with legs outstretched and the knees slightly raised. The head and folded hands are in namaskara mudra and some parts of the feet are missing. The head, mouth and nose are pinched and the two eyes are depicted with round pellets. The fingers of the hands and the legs are not rendered individually. The figurine is thin and flat but the triangular forehead is pinched on the two sides and it does not display any distinct facial expression. The well-preserved long arms of this squatting male end in clasped hands in a devotional or yogic pose, which is rare. The Harappan terracotta figurines lack the traditional embellishment of costume, ornaments and headdress but its facial features were modelled in the characteristic rudimentary handmade Harappan style.

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