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1. Indian terra cottas, all but one from early historic period. Found at Sar Dheri, Mohra Moradu, and Sheikh Yusuf in Ghandara, and at Mathura and Kausambi in Uttar Pradesh. London, Victoria and Albert Museum.

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Title: 1. Indian terra cottas, all but one from early historic period. Found at Sar Dheri, Mohra Moradu, and Sheikh Yusuf in Ghandara, and at Mathura and Kausambi in Uttar Pradesh. London, Victoria and Albert Museum.
Author(s): Herbert E. Budek Films and mounted transparencys, Santa Barbara, California
Photographer: Basham, Arthur Llewellyn
Keywords: Indus Valley Pottery and Sculpture
ceramics
Mohenjo-Daro
mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Typifying the first art forms dating to pre-historic times in India are these little terra cotta figurines, all of which are probably cult figures rather than toys, produced in the sub-major cities located on the tributaries of the Indus and Yamusa Rivers. From the first, Indian art was primarily naturalistic, expressing the vitality of life in all its various forms. The female figure appears very early, thus beginning the long line of 'mother-goddess types which play so important a part in the 'folk art' of the Indian peoples. Three examples of this mother-goddess variety are visible in this slide: at the lower left corner, upper middle and second from right (possibly, too, in upper right). All such figurines express the wish on the part of the peoples who produced them to be granted fertile lands and many children. Certain male figurines display similar invocations: to insure that the male head of the household will be a virile progenitor. (Examples of this type are not shown in the present slide).
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/162882
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-100

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