Plaque with a Royal Family
1st century B.C.
India (West Bengal, Chandraketugarh)
H. 12 3/4 in. (32.5 cm); W. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Purchase, Florence and Herbert Irving Gift, 1992
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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