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Plaque with a Royal Family

Period:
Shunga period
Date:
1st century B.C.
Culture:
India (West Bengal, Chandraketugarh)
Medium:
Terracotta
Dimensions:
H. 12 3/4 in. (32.5 cm); W. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture
Credit Line:
Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1992
Accession Number:
1992.129
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 234
This family scene and the touching intimacy that permeates it are unusual in Indian terracotta. With his left hand, the man, seated on a chair, holds the back of his wife's head: she stands before him and gently caresses his knees. A small figure, thought the couple's son, is shown seated, besides a dog he holds by its leash, in the foreground. Two ducks appear at the lower left while at the far right, fragments of a monkey, climbing the leg of the chair, can be seen.
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