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Acquired in 1951 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
D H Gordon, JISOA, vol. XI, 1943, pl x, no 6 Guy, John (ed.). ‘L’Escultura en els Temples Indis: L’Art de la Devocio’, Barcelona : Fundacio ‘La Caixa’, 2007. ISBN 9788476649466. p. 49, cat. 4 Guy, John. ‘Indian Temple Sculpture’, London : V&A Publications, 2007. p.17. pl. 6. ISBN 9781851775095
collection_code
SSEA
credit
date_end
0204-12-31
date_start
0095-01-01
date_text
circa 2nd century BCE (made)
descriptive_line
Mother goddess, terracotta, Gandhara, Pakistan, circa 2nd century BCE
dimensions
Height: 8.8 cm, Width: 4.8 cm, Depth: 1.2 cm maximum
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
: L’escultura en els temples indis: l’art de la devocio (CaixaForum, Barcelona 27/07/2007-18/11/2007)
gallery
Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
A mother goddess figurine of clay, modelled in a doll-like fashion, with the features impressed and worked by hand. The ritual function of such objects is unknown, but they are assumed to serve in some way as an aid to fertility. This votive (?) object was recovered from a site at Charsadda Shaikhan Dheri, Gandhara, Pakistan, by Colonel D H Gordon, and purchased from him by the Musum in 1951.
id
93438
label
last_checked
2014-08-30T01:46:48.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T01:46:48.000Z
latitude
30.441851
location
Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137, case R, shelf 3
longitude
69.359703
marks
materials
terracotta
materials_techniques
Terracotta
museum_number
IS.20A-1951
museum_number_token
is20a1951
object_number
O120565
object_type
Figure
on_display
1
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
A modelled terracotta female figurine. A fertility icon in which the pubic area is the dominant feature.
place
Pakistan
primary_image_id
2006BF2209
production_note
Charsadda Shaikhan Dheri, Gandhara, Pakistan
production_type
public_access_description
This doll-like clay figurine with hand-modelled features is a mother goddess. Although large numbers of these figures have been found, their purpose remains obscure. We do not know what their ritual function is, but we assume they served in some way as an aid to fertility. This piece has a tiny head, stick-like arms and impressed breasts. The most striking feature is the large triangular shape, which probably indicates female genitalia, with incised decoration that possibly represents pubic hair. This particular piece was recovered by Colonel D.H. Gordon from a site at Charsadda Shaikhan Dheri, Gandhara, Pakistan. The V&A purchased it from him in 1951.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
VA
slug
figure-figure-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
Figure
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
204
year_start
95