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Indus Valley Painted Terracotta Cheetah - LO.1017
Origin: Pakistan, India
Circa: 2600 BC to 1900 BC
Dimensions: 3.75" (9.5cm) high x 6.25" (15.9cm) wide
Collection: Asian Art
Style: Indus Valley
Medium: Terracotta
Condition: Very Fine

Additional Information: Hong-Kong

Location: Great Britain
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Terracotta figurines such as these ones have been unearthed also at Mohenjo-daro and Harappa, suggesting a commonality of style and purpose throughout the Indus Valley during the mature Harappan period (ca. 2600-2450 BCE). Like many figurines datable to this period, the front and back legs are joined together. In one excavated example from Chanu-daro a hole was poked in the belly, indicating that it would have been attached to a stick for use as a puppet or a small standard of the kind carried in the processions depicted on some seals. In others, the hole was indeed placed on the back of the animal, thus suggesting an alternative function, perhaps linked to music.

For a comparable example see: J.Aruz ed, Art of the Ancient Cities, 2003: no.276, p.390. J.Kenoyer, Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization, 1998. - (LO.1017)


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