Pre-History & Archaeology


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C. 2500 B.C.

Place of Origin: Mohenjodaro
Medium: Baked clay
Dimensions: 16 x 6 x 8 cm.
Acc. No. 1539/234

A cute form with plumpish build, elongated figure and innocent face this typical animal is one of the two best known styles of bulls that the Indus artisan innovated. The Indus artist, or the very people, always modeled animal figures with an exceptionally sensitive and affectionate heart but when casting a bull's figure his talent was on its top. Apart, among the animal figures the bull figurines had an exceptionally larger number and have been found from almost every site, urban or a smaller settlement. Not merely in figurine form bull-figures in relief, as on various Indus seals, are also abundant. Such reliefs reveal the same level of technical maturity as the figurines. This terracotta bull figurine is entirely hand made with cream slip on it. Probably a knife might have been used in shaping the parts of the body and its minute details. It appears to be wearing a garland or plaited rope around its neck.

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