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Pre-History & Archaeology

Human Mask (puppet)

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Human Mask (puppet)
2700-2200 B.C.

Place of Origin: Mohenjodaro
Materials: Terracotta
Dimensions: 5.1 x 3.1 x 2.1 cm
Acc. No. D. K. 9208/250

This hollow mask was discovered through excavations at Mohenjodaro. The figurine was prepared by an open single mould. One horn of this mask is complete and other one is partly missing. There are two single holes below the ears. The two elongated eyes of this figure are downcast. The forehead of this mask is comparatively broader than the male terracotta's from Harappa. The nose is quite prominent and the top portion of the head is an arch type, whereas in other masks it is in straight line.

This terracotta mask was found at a depth of 5.67 mt.- 6.80 mt. below the surface and its art style is different from the other three masks found. It is interesting to note that masks discovered from the lowest level do not have mongoloid facial expression and their eyes are oblique. The horns are curved and beard is marked with incised lines. This figure resembles in style with another mask discovered on the surface at Mohenjodaro and also with another mask of a goat. The two side cavities at the edge were made for fixing with some kind of thread. The edge of this mask was carefully made and the extra clay was removed. The horns, ears and other facial details were prepared in the next stage.

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