A terracotta figurine dating from the early iron age on the Indian subcontinent known to archaeologists as the "painted grey ware culture" (1100-350 BC).
These tiny figures are some of the earliest manifestations of divine power in any medium, and are suggestive of a well-evolved mother goddess worship cult. This figurine is typical of those more recently recovered in various Indus sites, especially those in Pakistan, and is representative of the primitive, very stylized proto mother effigies that were common from 3000 BC to The christian era.
Measuring 4-1/2" she is sculpted in a half seated position with legs outstretched. There is a rather crude mend on the left arm and a chip on the nose, but otherwise intact. The cream-colored mineral accretion over the surface suggests burial, and lends a much lighter aspect to the piece than the grey it must have been originally. There are traces of some sort of adhesive on the back of the head and shoulders which were probably from being in a display. We did not want to attempt removal for fear of damaging the surface.
If sensitively mounted on a stand it would be a spectacular little artifact.
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