Description Clay female figures similar to this one have been found in various parts of the Indian subcontinent. In some places, they played a part in fertility rites and were presented as offerings, face up. Such figures may be considered early forms of Indian nature goddesses. The large head extends from a heavily ornamented neck, which is adorned with a necklace made from tiny pellets of clay, which were striated to give a beaded effect. Charsada, the ancient "Lotus City," was a major trading center in the overland trade route to India.
- Faces of Ancient Arabia: The Giraud and Carolyn Foster Collection of South Arabian Art. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2008.
Provenance Matthias Komor, New York, New York [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Walters Art Museum, October 1973, by purchase.
Credit Museum purchase, 1973
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