Bird On Wheel

1598, 1599, 1600

Bird On Wheel

1598, 1599, 1600

Description

Besides the terracotta human figurines, Harappan sites have revealed animal figurines like that of the zebu, buffalo, ram, deer with pronged antlers, rhinoceros, dog, cat and monkey. Several turtle figurines have also been found at Harappa, some with few defined features and others with clearly delineated shells and other features. An alligator is also represented among the figurines. These terracotta animal figurines have been considered toys.
This buff-coloured bird is shaped like a pigeon with full, rounded body and prominent beak and tail. Its eyes are represented by simple, round pellets in clay. The hole through its belly is intended for inserting the axle on which the solid wheels are attached. The hole in the neck may have been used to insert a draw-string.

Collection

Ancient Civilisations

Object Type

Figurine

Material

Terracotta

Schools/Culture/Period

Indus Valley Civilisation

Technique

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Date

2500–1900 BCE

Location

Mohenjo-Daro

Dimension

13 x 13.5 x 8.2 cm