Early Indian terracottas
"Early Indian Terracottas considers Northern Indian terracottas from the third century B.C. to the first century A.D. It is in these four centuries that -- in the most literal sense of the word -- the earth was prepared to form the necessary basis for the Buddhist, Brahmanic and Jain iconography for centuries to come. This survey introduces mainly hitherto unpublished and complete figurines and plaques rather than fragments as is the case with most other publications on the same or similar subject. The mostly complete and well preserved moulded plaques and figurines will provide a fresh and clearer insight into the very refined art of the earlier Indian terracottas, which until recently were considered more as pieces of ethnographic interest or folk art rather than art objects in their own right.
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Remarks on the possible use of some types of terracottas
Catalogue of Illustrations
1st century A.D. 1st century B.C.-1st Agrawala Ancient Indian Terracottas animal Ashmolean Museum B.C.-1st century A.D. Barhut Bautze Bengal Biswas Buddhist bust ca.1st century B.C.-1st Calcutta century A.D. Cf century A.D. Plate century B.C.-1st century Chandraketugarh chariot coiffure crocodile Delhi depiction Dhavalikar early Indian terracottas elephant elephant's example Excavations female figures fragment fragmentary goddess Gupta hair hairpins head Height hole iconography Indian Art Kala Kaushambi Kaushambi or Chandraketugarh Kreisel Kubera Lakshmi large number left hand lotus lotuses Maithuna male figures Mathura Mauryan Mauryan period Moti Chandra moulded plaque Museum necklace Neumann Collection object ornaments parrot Patna pearls Photograph courtesy Photographed in London plaque showing Plate XII pointed ears present whereabouts unknown Presumed provenance probably provenance and date Rattle representations rider right hand Sculpture Shunga Sonkh Spink squatting standing female Tamluk terracotta figurines terracotta plaque toy carts tricycle triratna Vinod Kanoria wheeled figures Width XLIIa XLIIIc XXXIIa XXXIXb XXXVa yaksa