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Mohenjo-Daro: Head, Mohenjo-daro, Museum

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CollectionsArthur Llewellyn Basham
Title: Mohenjo-Daro: Head, Mohenjo-daro, Museum
Author(s): Herbert E, Budek Films and mounted transparencys, Santa Barbara, California
Keywords: Indus Valley Pottery and Sculpture;ceramics;Mohenjo-Daro;mounted transparency set
Series/Report no.: Basham Collection
Description: Some notion of a male deity, responsible for holding all the power of creation within himself, manifested itself in the Indus River civilization through several subtle images, The lingam, we have seen, was the most simple of these images, It referred to the human organ through which procreation was possible, Another common vehicle in giving form to the divinity of creation was, like the mother-goddess types, a small statuette with few elaborate touches to the body but a characteristic 'archaic' treatment to the face, The head shown here is possibly of this sort, though the body is missing and the features of the face are quite worn with time, despite the effects of time, however, the face on this head is of a definitely heroic variety, note the broad treatment of the eyes and mouth, Even if the present example is not a reference to Shiva himself, as the lingam is without doubt, it is conceivable that a more homely deity is being personified: for example, an early form of yaksha, or earth guardian,
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/162893
Other Identifiers: ANUA 682-111

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