Terracotta Plaque

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Acquired in 1978 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
In the invoice from Ulrich von Schroeder this plaque is attributed to Madhya Pradesh but it is not known whether or not this means that it was found there.
collection_code
SSEA
credit
date_end
date_start
date_text
2nd century BC to 1st century BC (made)
descriptive_line
Terracotta, Madhya Pradesh, Sunga dynasty, c. 2nd to 1st century BC
dimensions
Height: 12.9 cm, Width: 5.9 cm, Depth: 2.6 cm
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137
historical_context_note
Plaque depicting an elaborately coiffeured female being shaved by a kneeling man who holds up her right leg and supports a bowl on his knee. Terracotta moulded in relief. From the Ganges Valley, c. 2nd century BC. The majority of Indian terra-cotta figurines appear to have been made as votive offerings and often represent the ancient Mother Goddess or fertility godlings. Some were undoubtedly toys and others depict erotic subjects or scenes of urban life. Contemporary literature describes the sophisticated life-style of Indian courtesans of which this appears to be an illustration.
historical_significance
history_note
id
24920
label
last_checked
2014-08-29T21:02:48.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-29T21:02:48.000Z
latitude
location
Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137, case 17, shelf 7
longitude
marks
materials
materials_techniques
Terracotta, moulded in relief.
museum_number
IS.7-1978
museum_number_token
is71978
object_number
O24906
object_type
Sculpture
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Plaque depicting a female figure
place
primary_image_id
2010EA1019
production_note
Ganges valley, Madhya Pradesh, India
production_type
public_access_description
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
terracotta-plaque-sculpture-unknown
sys_updated
2014-03-12T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
Terracotta Plaque
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
-1
year_start
-200