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Terracotta Figurine of a Standing Woman - LO.1172
Origin: Pakistan
Circa: 2800 BC to 2600 BC
Dimensions: 4.5" (11.4cm) high
Collection: Indus Valley
Medium: Terracotta

Location: Great Britain
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Conical female figurine portrayed standing, her large squatted vest folded at the bottom in four creases, her bulging shoulders and bent arms close to the body. Both breasts and the necklace are applied on the body. The angular face with applied facial features comprising continuous lines in relief as eyebrows, sunken rounded eyes below, mouth and nose converging into a protruding beak. The hair combed backwards between two enlarged upturned earlobes. Her hands palms down and attached to the vest. Figurines with similarly applied facial features have been traditionally ascribed to the Bajaur Valley at the border between Pakistan and India, in the sphere of influence of the early Harappan civilization during the so called Regionalisation Era (2800-2600 BC).

Incredibly enough, the extraordinary blend of realism -imbued in the detailed torso and arms of this figurine, and surrealism -of her large facial traits- would not feel out of place in a contemporary setting, thus transcending the boundaries of time and space.

For a discussion on Harappan figurines see: J.M. Kenoyer, Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization, 1998. - (LO.1172)


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