Set of 9 bull figurines, modelled in terracotta and
painted in darker pigment over the snout, the
horns and the legs.
Terracotta figurines such as these ones have
been unearthed at Mohenjo-daro and Harappa,
suggesting a commonality of style and purpose
throughout the Indus Valley during the mature
Harappan period (ca. 2600-2450 BCE). Like many
figurines datable to this period, the front and
back legs are joined together. In one excavated
example from Chanu-daro a hole was poked in
the belly, indicating that it would have been
attached to a stick for use as a puppet or a small
standard of the kind carried in the processions
depicted on some seals. In others a hole is visible
on the back rather than the belly, thus
suggesting a different use, perhaps as musical
instruments of some sort.
For a comparable example see: J.Aruz ed, Art of
the Ancient Cities, 2003: no.276, p.390.
J.Kenoyer, Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley