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Group of Painted Zebu Bulls - PF.7021
Origin: India/Pakistan
Circa: 2600 BC to 1900 BC

Collection: Asian Art
Medium: Terracotta


Location: Great Britain
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Description
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 Civilization, 1998. - (PF.7021)

 

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