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Loan Object

Anthropomorph

ca. 1500–500 B.C.E.

Copper

9 × 9 1/2 in. (22.86 × 24.13 cm)
Lent by Steven M. Kossak, B.A. 1972
ILE2017.17.3
This cast-copper anthropomorphic figure, characterized by a large head, curled arms, and fishtail-like legs, is one of the most enigmatic objects to have been unearthed among the ancient copper hoards near the Ganges River. The hoards also included celts, harpoons, and other implements. Most likely, this figure had a religious or protective function.
Geography: 
India
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Indian
Classification: 
Sculpture
Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.