The late Dr Moti Chandra, a renowned art historian & former director of CSMVS, identified this as Nidhisringa or Cornucopia or the “horn of plenty”. To the ancient Greeks, it was a symbol of plenty, of nature’s productivity. It was one of the horns of Amalthea, the goat who nursed the god Zeus when he was a baby. The horn produced ambrosia and nectar, the food and drink of the gods.
In Roman mythology, the cornucopia was the horn of the river god Achelous. The hero Heracles broke off the horn in combat with Achelous who was fighting in the form of a bull. Water nymphs filled the horn with flowers and fruit and offered it to Copia, the goddess of plenty. Cornucopia was thus associated with the Roman goddess Fortuna and Copia which explains its name.
2nd century CE
Posheri, Wada taluka, Thana district. Maharashtra
Ht. 40.7 cm