The terracotta figurines had a universal popularity in the ancient world and Harappan culture was no exception to this. Discuss.

There are plenty of terracotta seals and figurines which have been recovered from Harappan sites which range from toys to cult objects such as mother goddess to birds and animals including monkeys, dogs, sheep, cattle-both humped and humpless bulls.
The terracotta figurines of Indus Valley were modelled with great details of eyes, hand and neck.
However, terracotta images are inferior in depiction of the human forms in comparison to the copper and bronze images of the Indus Valley. Among the human figurines, the female were more common. The head dress in such figurines is more elaborate.
The most important terracotta figure in the Indus Valley Civilization is the figure of Mother Goddess. This figure is crude standing female adorned with necklaces hanging over prominent breasts and wearing a loin cloth and a girdle.
The most distinct feature of the mother goddess figurines is a fan-shaped head-dress with a cup-like projection on each side. Rest of the facial figure are very crude and distant from being realistic.
Therefore the terracotta figurines had a universal popularity in the ancient world and Harappan culture was no exception to this.

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"The terracotta figurines had a universal popularity in the ancient world and Harappan culture was no exception to this". Discuss.

Published: May 1, 2016 | Modified:June 27, 2019

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