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Loan Object

Ring Stone

2nd–1st century B.C.E.

Steatite

11/16 × 2 7/16 in. (1.7 × 6.2 cm)
Lent by Steven M. Kossak, B.A. 1972
ILE2017.17.5
Small circular stones, some with holes in their centers, are an enigmatic type of Indian sculpture possibly used as offerings during ceremonies. The imagery of women and plants on this example suggests fertility.
Geography: 
India
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Indian
Period: 
Shunga period (185–75 B.C.E.)
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.